Rape Crisis Center of Milford
70 West River Street
2nd Floor
Milford CT 06460
Contact Information
Address 70 West River Street
2nd Floor
Milford, CT 06460-
Telephone (203) 874-8712 x
Fax 203-878-6450
E-mail avitti@rapecrisiscenterofmilford.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
The mission of the Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Inc., serving Ansonia, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, and West Haven, is to end sexual assault through education and to empower victims to regain control of their lives through high quality, comprehensive, and culturally competent sexual assault victim services. We are the ONLY agency providing these services to Ansonia, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven and judicially to Beacon Falls and Oxford. All services are provided at NO cost.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1976
Organization's type of tax exempt status Exempt-Other
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Antonio Vitti
Board Chair Shelby Wilson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bercham, Moses, & Devlin
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $392,480.00
Projected Expenses $391,275.00
Statements
Mission
The mission of the Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Inc., serving Ansonia, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, and West Haven, is to end sexual assault through education and to empower victims to regain control of their lives through high quality, comprehensive, and culturally competent sexual assault victim services. We are the ONLY agency providing these services to Ansonia, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven and judicially to Beacon Falls and Oxford. All services are provided at NO cost.
Background
The Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Inc., serving Ansonia, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton and West Haven, founded in 1974 and incorporated in 1976, was established to provide counseling and advocacy services to victims of sexual assault, as well as to their families and friends. 
The Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services (CONNSACS) 2012-2013 Annual Report stated there were 4,951 victims served in the State of CT. 1 in 4 female and 1 in 6 males will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18. Sexual assault does not discriminate between male or female, young or old.  Our organization tackles this problem in two ways: Through our education we hope to prevent this crime from happening.  Through our victim services we assist those who have already been victimized.  We are the only provider of these services in our 7 town service area which includes Ansonia, Derby, Milford, Orange, Seymour, Shelton, West Haven, and judicially to Beacon Falls and Oxford, and the University of New Haven campus.  All services are provided at no cost due to our federal and state grant mandates to provide equal services which are determined on their ability to pay.

The Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Inc. is one of nine rape crisis centers in the state of Connecticut. The Center has six full-time staff members that consist of an Executive Director, a Director of Victim Services, a Child Advocate, an Adult Advocate, a Community Educator, and a Campus Advocate.  Additionally, the Center maintains a base of 56 volunteer, state-certified counselor/advocates who provide sexual assault crisis services through our 24/7 hotline.  The Center is governed by a 11 member Board of Directors plus an Advisory Board.

 
Impact
Victim Services: In FYE 14 our Connecticut State Certified Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocates have provided sexual assault crisis services to 477 victims.  Of the 477, 97 were under 18 years old, 405 were females and 72 were males. Our victim services include confidential, short-term counseling to the victim and family members - from disclosure to disposition.   
Programs to Underserved Population: Awarded for 6th year grant to provide education and victim services to clients of Beth El Center, Spooner House Homeless Shelter, and soup kitchen clients. Statistics show that 42% of these clients have a sexual assault history.
Support Groups: Provided 3 highly successful 8 to16 week support groups at University of New Haven,  and Platt Technical High School based on the Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model.  Success based on need and  pre vs. post surveys.
University of New Haven: Outreach and presentations reached 2,146 students, faculty and staff.  The main program focus included campus safety and awareness and 'how to respond to a disclosure'. A Peer Educator program was implemented as a result of a Department of Justice Grant and a partnership with UNH.
The South Central Child Advocacy Center: April 2013 the South Central Child Advocacy Center was fully accredited as a child advocacy center through the National Children's Alliance in partnership with the Ansonia/Milford Multidisciplary Team (MDT) which is coordinated by the Rape Crisis Center of Milford, the New Haven MDT and the Family Advocacy Center of Yale Child  Sexual Abuse clinic with the purpose of providing a comprehensive culturally competent MDT response to allegations of child sexual abuse and serious physical abuse, reduce the occurrence of secondary trauma, and to coordinate services amomg multiple disciplines.  
Goals:
  • Continue to provide 24/7 victim sexual assault crisis services 
  • Maintain or increase funding to allow for expanding community education program growth
  • Increase number of support groups based on need
  • Create opportunites for professionals to receive training on handling child disclosures through a state-wide curriculum called Minimal Facts
  • Form a Collaborative to eliminate child sexual abuse in the community by bringing an awareness of child sexual abuse through education, child advocacy and community collaboration.  
 
Needs
The Rape Crisis Center of Milford's needs are:
  • We are required to continually seek additional grant funds for unrestricted funding that will allow us to maintain staff, provide for any payroll increases and to cover the increases in health care insurance costs, gas prices, and materials to provide for the increase in victim services, new resources for community education and police and paramedic training. 
  • Create new and innovative fundraisers that will allow us to provide community outreach as well as maintaining a balanced budget.
  • Ongoing search for dedicated volunteers (bi-lingual especially helpful) to attend 8 week program to become state-certified and provide hotline coverage during office off-hours, weekends and holidays.
  • Develop means to identify and address break in service gaps
  • This year saw changes in three staffing positions which place an additional burden on existing staff.


 

 
CEO Statement

Since 1974, what began by two courageous women as an
unfunded, grassroots organization to help sexual assault victims has become a recognized and respected partner in the effort to respond to sexual assault victims. For the past 40 years, this organization has manned a 24/7 hotline and responded to thousands of victims and victim family members. We helped create the very first statewide Police Response handbook and continue to provide state-certification for the Connecticut Police Officers Standards and Training Council. We helped create the first statewide forensic medical collection kit that is still in use in every hospital in Connecticut. In addition, on numerous occasions we have provided testimony that has changed Connecticut laws.

We are proud to boast we now have six staff members and 56
state-certified volunteers that continue to provide a 24/7 response to victims of sexual assault. Each year our community education program reaches thousands of Connecticut students from kindergarten through college. Our services also include support groups to high school students, college students and the homeless population. This Center is the host of the Ansonia/Milford Multidisciplinary Team, and a partner in providing services at the South Central Child Advocacy Center at the Yale Child Sexual Abuse Clinic.
We have assisted victims from three months of age to age 87 - women, men and children. We diligently train our volunteers to be able to respond appropriately whether the crime has just occurred or happened decades ago. Picking up that hotline telephone call might mean immediately responding to a hospital, or a police station, or it might mean explaining to a mother what the next steps will be if she decides to report her child’s abuse to the Department of Children and Families. We take pride in knowing we are the only agency that provides these services within our service area and hope to continue to provide these services until sexual assault is no longer a part of our society.  
 
Peggy Pisano, Director of Victim Services
Board Chair Statement
 The vast and comprehensive services offered to our service area communities requires significant support by the staff, the communities, our donors, volunteers and the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is responsible for managing and controlling the affairs of the Center and endeavor to meet monthly meetings.  The focus of the Board varies as the needs of the Center shift and grow to reach our target population(s).
During the past several years, the economy has proven to be a significant challenge to the Center and to the Board.  As a new member, I see  my role to encompass both one of  oversight and participation.  I support the Center's small staff with community outreach and fundraisers.  These endeavors have proven to not only bring some financial successes to the Center but also have resulted in a more collaborative experience for all.  I think the fact that we began as a grassroots organization 40 years ago and have been able to continue our mission during good and bad economic times is a tribute to our efforts and the support of our donors.  Last year, for example, our Center provided crisis services to 477 adults, children and families.  Without our services people would have to navigate through their ordeals in silence, without the guidance, resources and emotional support necessary to endure such crisis.  It is a privilege to support the Milford Rape Crisis Center as the Board President.  
Shelby Wilson
President, Rape Crisis Center of Milford, Inc.
 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Counseling
Secondary Organization Category Education / Educational Services
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy /
Areas Served
Ansonia
Milford
Derby
Orange
West Haven
Seymour
Shelton
Lower Naugatuck Valley

Please note that all adults, children and adolescents are potentially at risk for being sexually abused, assaulted and exploited regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion,culture, or socioeconomic status. Sexual violence does not discriminate.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The Center provides 24/7 hotline coverage with a staff of six and advocate for 477 cases reported to our Center.  We rely heavily on the support of our volunteers who often cannot volunteer as frequently as they wish because they now have a 2nd job to support their own financial need.  When volunteers are not available, this requires staff to man the hotline during off hours to insure that every call is answered.  Since all of the Center's services are provided at no cost to the community more clients does not equate to more funding.  Staff and our Board of Directors must participate in on-going fundraising efforts to pay for items not covered through our grants. The Center is committed to providng the best services to our victims and their families. The Center has recently implemented a Therapy Dog Program to be able to assist the advocate build a rapport and provide comfort to our victims.
Antonio Vitti - Executive Director
Programs
Description
Provide immediate support to both female and male victims through a 24/7 hotline 365 days. Hospital: Accompany victims to hospital and remain through exam. The "Rape Kit" has 13 steps which oftencause anxiety and stress. We provide information, comfort and reassurance, making certain victims are aware of their rights and options. Police: Victims must give a detailed description to the investigating officer.  Advocates provide accompaniment & support to empower the victim, assure them assault was not their fault, accompany to locate crime scenes, & perpetrator ID. In child sexual assault cases, we accompany families to the Yale Child Sexual Abuse Clinic for Forensic Interview.  Court: Ensure victims are informed of the status of the case, accompany to meeting with court staff & prosecutors.  If no plea, work with prosecutor to prepare for trial and prevent secondary trauma from having to testify in front of a judge, jury, defense & perpetrator in courtroom. After conviction, will assist in preparing and delivering the impact statement for judge.
 
Population Served Victims / Families / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
All service area police departments will contact this Center when they are are they are dealing with a sexual assault victim so that we may provide advocacy and assistance to the victim on a 24/7 basis 365 days per year.  Milford Hospital and Griffin Hospital will contact this Center whenever a victim presents at their hospital.  This trust has been forged through 36 years of trust. 
Establishing this rapport with the victim early in process will assist them them through the entire process from disclosure to adjudication, and often allows a victim the empowerment to hold their abuser accountable and not remain silent.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
A safer environment for us to live and raise our children, by holding offenders accountable for their abuse.  Successful arrests and prosecutions will be accomplished through victims being willing to report to police, be examined for the collection of forensic evidence, and being willing to testify in court.  Victim empowerment.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
On-going collaboration with our police, hospitals and courts allow us to review our success or re-examine and change what is necessary.
Victim surveys are completed with our clients to determine if we have been of assistance to them and if they require anything further. 
CONNSACS requires monthly statistical reporting, a quarterly narative report and conducts a site visit bi-annually.  Data is also  tracked on child sexual and physical abuse by a NCAtrak program provided through the National Children's Alliance.  
 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
 Victims of sexual assault are guided and emotionally supported by Advocates throughout police statements and evidence collection process.  Parents of child victims agree to Forensic Interview and medical exam.  Victims are informed of rights, legal options and gain increased knowledge of court system.  Victims needs are assessed and addressed.  Victim family members are also assisted.
Description
Age-appropriate curriculum has been developed for Pre-K thru 12th.Curriculum is two-fold: Risk Prevention (body safety) and Primary Prevention. In Pre-K-4th, students about learn good, bad, and confusing touch, and identify safe adults at home/school who they could go to for help. Also, what "secrets" should always be told to a trusted adult. Pre-K format is presented thru puppet play and children take home a sock puppet. Elementary lessons are reinforced with a video.  All students are provided with a workbook & take home pamphlet What Every Parent Should Know. 6th thru 12th grades are provided with primary prevention curriculum to promote healthy and appropriate behaviors and address a wide range of topics incl Child Sexual Abuse and Personal Safety, Bullying, Sexual Harassment, Internet Safety, Sexting and Cyber-bullying, Healthy Relationships, Dating Violence and CT law. Presentations to community groups are also provided at no charge.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) / Victims / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Pre-K and Elementary school students have knowledge of unsafe touches, safety rules and identifying trusted adults to seek help.  Middle School students have an understanding of sexual abuse, can identify appropriate and inappropriate behaviors with regard to Internet use and Sexual Harassment and Center Services. High School students will have a greater understanding of Consent, laws pertaining to Sexual Assault in CT, components of Healthy Relationships, and Center Services.
Disclosures of Sexual Abuse and Assault will occur as a result of increase knowledge.  Students will increase healthy, safe behaviors, decreasing future incidents of sexual abuse and assault.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Every student will be knowledgeable about the facts surrounding sexual assault including prevention strategies, the law, what is consent, and healthy relationships.  Students will choose never to be involved in a sexual assault as a perpetrator or be a bystander to one. Incidents of sexual abuse and assault will decrease or be eliminated entirely.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Qualitative Data collected from Pre-K and Elementary School Teacher Evaluation Form.  Pre and Post Tests distributed to Middle and High School students. 
 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Disclosures received as a result of Community Education Program and child is believed, assisted, and empowered.
Students will increase healthy, safe behaviors, decreasing future incidents of sexual abuse and assault. 
Description
Advocate is the sole provider of Sexual Assault Advocacy and Community Education for the University of New Haven.Provide advocacy & counseling for victims of sexual assault. Collaborate with Campus Police.  Liaison for Sexual Assault Misconduct Board. Facilitate support groups on campus for survivors and victims. Supervisor of newly developed Internship Pgm.  Attend monthly CCCESV (CT College Consortium End Sexual Violence) meetings to discuss sexual and intimate partner violence. Assist, develop and coordinate educational pgms with administration, staff and students. Develop curriculums and present to faculty, staff, Resident Directors and Assistants, all first year students, clubs and athletic teams, sororities and fraternities. Co-chair campus events: Take Back The Night, Can I Kiss You?, Domestic Violence Vigil, Meet & Greets, Panel Discussions. Provide small setting to undergrad and Grad students, athletic teams, and Rape and Aggression Defense classes.
Population Served Victims / Other Named Groups / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Disclosures of Sexual Abuse and Assault will occur as a result of increased knowledge.  Students will increase healthy, safe behaviors, decreasing future incidents of sexual abuse and assault. Students, Faculty and Administrators will have increased knowledge of Sexual Assault, CT State Statutes, Alcohol Isues, Consent, Sexual Harassment, Stalking, Cyber-bullying, Healthy Relationships, Domestic Violence, and Campus, Center, and Community services.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Students will increase healthy, safe behaviors, decreasing future incidents of sexual abuse and assault. 
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Pre and Post tests distributed to College Students, Faculty and Administrators, Victim Surveys, and conversations with Campus Faculty and Staff.
Description
Center collaborates with the Beth-El & Spooner House Homeless Shelters to provide counseling and advocacy as well as educational services to homeless individuals.  There is an undeniable link between homelessness and sexual assault.  Statistics show that 92% of homeless mothers have experienced physical and sexual violence, 14% of homeless women report being raped in the last 12 months.  Beth-El Shelter allows residents to stay in their shelter up to 90 days which allows this Center to provide services to identified sexual assault victims residing within the shelter. Spooner House allows residents to stay for up to 6 months. Outreach: Advocates provide info on sexual assault, child sexual abuse and services to shelter residents and Soup Kitchen clients. In the past our services have been provided on-site and currently provide crisis services as needed.  We partner with the shelters to provide the best services for their clients.  Education: Provide education on dynamics of sexual violence, child sexual abuse, unhealthy relationships, boundaries and empowerment.   
Population Served Victims / At-Risk Populations / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Clients attend educational programs regarding sexual abuse and prevention and allow their children to attend educational programs regarding prevention and healthy relationships.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Clients of Beth El Homeless Center and Spooner House are educated regarding the topic of sexual abuse.  Clients who have been victims of sexual abuse understand they are not responsible for their abuse and feel empowered to disclose their abuse to a counselor from our Center or report to the crime to police.
Clients of Beth El Shelter who are children are educated regarding sexual abuse and healthy relationships.  Clients who are children who have been sexually abused report the abuse to a trusted adult.
Clients of sexual abuse disclose their abuse, make decisions about reporting to the police, and/or allowing a medical examination and the collection of evidence to hold their abuser responsible.
Clients of Beth El Homeless Shelter do not commit sexual abuse.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Program success is monitored by client surveys, and counselor notes.  Clients indicate if they feel more empowered after meeting with the counselor and if they can make more informed decisions, and that they realize they are not responsible for their abuse.  Client surveys are collected and reported to Connsacs.  Counselors are required to complete confidential case information for tracking.  Such case information includes information on sex of victim, age at time of abuse, frequency of abuse, relationship to perpetrator, etc.  Each involvement by counselor is reported and sent on a monthly basis to Connsacs (CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services) for reporting to our grantees.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Clients complete client surveys and report feeling more empowered to make decisions regarding their abuse, i.e. report to police, go to hospital to be examined, allow collection of evidence kit to be completed.
Residents of Beth El Homeless Center and Spooner House attend programs provided by Rape Crisis Center of Milford.  Clients with children allow their children to attend programs provided by Rape Crisis Center of Milford.
Description
The purpose of a child abuse multidisciplinary investigation is to advance and coordinate the prompt investigation of suspected cases of child abuse or neglect, to reduce trauma to any child victim, to ensure the protection and treatment of the child and to prosecute, as necessary. Each multidisciplinary team consist of at least one representative of each of the following: 1) The State's Attorney of the judicial district of the team; 2) the Department of Children and Families (DCF); 3) Law Enforcement agencies; 4) Healthcare professional with experience in diagnosis and treatment of abused and neglected children; 5) Mental Health professional; 6) Team Coordinator 7) Probation Officers; 8) School Social Workers; 9) Offender Treatment Providers; 10) Rape Crisis Center Advocates.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Victims / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
  • To improve the handling of child abuse cases, particularly child sexual abuse cases in a manner which limits additional trauma to the child victim;
  • To improve the handling of cases of suspected child abuse or neglect related fatalities; and
  • To improve the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

Child maltreatment is a community problem requiring community solutions. Multidisciplinary (MDTs) provide a coordinated multi-agency approach to enhance investigation and management of child sexual abuse and physical abuse cases. Through a collaborative effort teams strive to accomplish the following:

  • Ensure that prompt and appropriate actions are taken to assure the safety of the child,
  • Reduce the trauma of victimization for the child,
  • Minimize the number of required interviews for the child,
  • Facilitate recommended medical and mental health services,
  • Coordinate efforts in order to eliminate duplication of services,
  • Increase the likelihood of successful prosecution of offenders,
  • Provide support for non-offending parents in order to enhance their ability to protect and care for their children,
  • Promote policies, practices and procedures that are culturally sensitive
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
The Governor's Task Force on Justice for Abused Children provides oversight, assessment review and guidance to the state's 16  multidisciplinary teams. Among its responsibilities in this regard are to: establish and modify standards; review protocols of the multidisciplinary teams; monitor and evaluate multidisciplinary teams and make recommendations for modifications to the system of multidisciplinary teams.  Teams must provide quarterly statistical case information and  yearly financial reporting through the Department of Children and Families, and teams are reviewed on-site every three years.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
  • Improved handling of child abuse cases, particularly child sexual abuse cases which limits additinal trauma to the child victim;
  • Improved investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect, particularly child sexual abuse and exploitation.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
No one wants to think they are in danger of being sexually assaulted...let alone the possibility their children may be abused.  The facts however show that 1 in 4 females will be sexually assaulted by the age of 18, and 1 in 6 males will also be assaulted by the age of 18.  Millions of people, both men and women, are victims of sexual assault.  Many have never even addressed their victimization because it was committed by a family member.  In fact, 85% of victims know their abuser, and with children the number is even higher...95%.  Whether disclosed or not, sexual assault victimization takes its toll on society.  Victims often silently deal with their abuse by abusing alcohol or drugs, obesity, anorexia, sexual promiscuity, etc., and sadly, sometimes abusing others.  Our services are critical to provide advocacy for those who have been abused, and prevention techniques for those who may be in danger of being abused.  Our services also assist police, hospital personnel, and our courts in acting as a liaison and being the one "constant"  throughout the system of reporting and beyond.  We also recognize how difficult it is for victim family members to deal with their own anger, frustration and guilt.  We offer services to them as well.  Clients who come to us know they will be treated with respect and with a thorough knowledge of the "system" should they decide to report.  All services are completely FREE and CONFIDENTIAL to the victims and non-offending family members.
Peggy Pisano, Director of Victim Services
CEO/Executive Director
Antonio Vitti
Term Start Dec 2014
Email avitti@rapecrisiscenterofmilford.org
Experience
Manage all aspects of an organization to ensure the mission is being realized.
Expertise in the following:

Victim Services 
Community Education
Multi-Disciplinary Team      
Development and Fundraising
Team Building and Training        
Oversee Budgets        
Engage in Community Collaborations        
Coordinate Events and all Fundraising Efforts        
Grant Writing        
Manage Financials and Accounting         
Organize Event Planning Logistics        
Provide Website Support and Development
Oversee entire organization's operations
 
 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 56
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Ann Fabian July 2011 - June 2011
Senior Staff
Title Adult Advocate/Volunteer Coordinator
Title Child Advocate
Title Community Educator
Title Director of Victim Services / MDT Coordinator
Title College Advocate
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Collaborations
CONNSACS (Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services)
DCF (Department of Children and Families)
United Way of Milford
Valley United Way
Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Milford Prevention Council
South Central Child Advocacy Center
Clifford Beers Clinic
Platt Technical High School
Ansonia/Milford Judicial District State's Attorney
Service area Police Departments and Fire Departments
Milford Hospital Emergency Personnel
Griffin Hospital Emergency Personnel
Connecticut Children's Alliance
Governor's Task Force on Justice for Abused Children
Beth El Center
Spooner House
Veteran's Administration
Milford Public Health Department
Milford Human Services Department
Bridges, A Community Support System
Boys and Girls Club of Milford
BHcare
Valley Substance Abuse Action Council
Valley Community Foundation
Valley Council for Health & Human Services
Sterling Center - Sexual Behavior Clinic
University of New Haven
 
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Valley United Way2012
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
For Campus Training and EducationCONNSACS2012
Making a Difference through Court AdvocacyCONNSACS2011
Valuable Contributions on Behalf of Young People of MilfordMayor Richetelli, City of Milford2007
Victim's Rights Week AwardState's Attorney's Office - State of Connecticut2005
Comments
CEO Comments
The trusted relationships we have forged with our police
departments, hospitals, courts, schools and community has prompted our State’s Attorney to mandate that all police departments must contact our Center as soon as they are dealing with a sexual assault victim. Both Milford Hospital and Griffin Hospital also have adopted this same mandate. In addition, all child cases of sexual and physical abuse are being teamed through the Ansonia/Milford Multidisciplinary team. 
With these safeguards in place, this ensures that each and every sexual
assault victim that comes forward will have access to our free and confidential services.
Challenges that we face include funding that remains flat-lined and thus will not provide for staff increases or cover an increased cost of doing business, i.e. gas reimbursement, and increases in health
insurance costs. This deficit then requires limited staff to provide ongoing fundraising efforts without any guarantee of their success.
Ann Z. Fabian, Executive Director
Board Chair
Shelby Wilson
Company Affiliation Bercham, Moses, & Devlin
Term July 2012 to June 2016
Email swilson@bmdlaw.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Jessica Ayala Sousa & Associates, LLC
Kelsey Burns Milford Board Of Education
Joseph Denigris Seymour Police
Karen Grayson Department of Children and Families
Kevin Holster University of New Haven Campus Police
Lauren Palumbo Insurance/Prudential Finance
Brian Parke Connecticut Capital Management Group, LLC
Sheila Richards Retired/Formerly Rape Crisis Center of Milford
Rachel Schwartzman Cohen and Wolf, PC
Judy Smith Orange Hills Country Club
Leah Smith
Benjamin Trabka Shelton Board Of Education
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 2 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Board Co-Chair
Kevin Holster
Company Affiliation University of New Haven Campus Police
Term July 2010 to June 2016
Email kholster@newhaven.edu
Standing Committees
Nominating
Management
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Personnel
Marketing
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Andrea Asnes M.D.Yale New Haven Hospital
Lisa Diamond-Graham Milford Human Services
State Representative Themis Klarides State of Connecticut
Doctor Dennis McBride
Lynn Viesti - Berube Milford Bank
CEO Comments

The trusted relationships we have forged with our police
departments, hospitals, courts, schools and community has prompted our State’s Attorney to mandate that all police departments must contact our Center as soon as they are dealing with a sexual assault victim. Both Milford Hospital and Griffin Hospital also have adopted this same mandate. In addition, all child cases of sexual and physical abuse are being teamed through the Ansonia/Milford Multidisciplinary team. 
With these safeguards in place, this ensures that each and every sexual
assault victim that comes forward will have access to our free and confidential services.

Fundraising efforts require limited staff to provide ongoing fundraising efforts without any guarantee of their success.

 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2014
Fiscal Year End June 30 2015
Projected Revenue $392,480.00
Projected Expenses $391,275.00
Spending Policy N/A
Other Documents
Other Documents 3
NameYear
Letter Of Support - State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor2015View
Letter Of Support - UNH2015View
Letter of Support - Laurelton Hall2015View
Letter of Support Ansonia High School2014View
Letter of Support Seymour Middle School2014View
Letter of Support Carrigan Intermediate School2014View
Letter of Support Lauralton Hall2014View
Letter of Support Emmett O'Brien Tech HS2014View
Letter of Support West Haven High School2014View
Letter of Support - Milford Health Education Department2013View
Letter of Support - Live Oaks2013View
Letter of Support - Irving School2013View
Letter of Support - West Haven High School2013View
Letter of Support - Griffin Hospital2012View
Letter of Support - West Haven Police Department2012View
Letter of Support - Lauralton Hall Academy2012View
Letter of Support - University of New Haven2012View
Letter of Support - Milford Hospital2012View
Letter of Support - Mary Carroll2012View
Letter of Support - Milford Police Department2012View
Letter of Support - Spooner House2011View
Letter of Support - Beth El Center2011View
Letter of Support - Kevin Lawlor , State's Attorney2009View
Memo from CT State's Attorney Kevin Lawlor2007View
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$111,988$120,038$86,891
Government Contributions$262,424$252,471$231,846
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$262,424$252,471$231,846
Individual Contributions------
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$660$2,352$1,439
Membership Dues------
Special Events$21,003$18,283$20,564
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$21,431$23,753$32,944
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$322,126$327,568$303,262
Administration Expense$52,234$45,071$45,105
Fundraising Expense$18,232$12,247$14,684
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.081.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%85%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%3%4%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$405,491$375,680$343,163
Current Assets$393,879$361,381$328,518
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$14,022$9,125$8,619
Total Net Assets$391,469$366,555$334,544
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCT Sexual Assault Crisis Services $190,949CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services $186,771CT Sexual Assault Crisis Services Inc. $162,896
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountDCF $50,400DCF $50,200DCF $50,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Milford $24,245United Way of Milford $31,100United Way of Milford $30,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities28.0939.6038.12
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
CEO Comments
During the past year our Center has experienced a significant number of reported cases of sexual assault.  It should be noted that each case is not a one-time event.  Most cases require significant attention and follow-thru from our advocates which may include a medical and forensic evidence kit collection, meeting with police to give statement, meeting with family members, one-on-one counseling sessions with victim and/or family members, accompanying victim with any meetings with the prosecutor, any court proceedings, and beyond.  We view our involvement as both a challenge and an opportunity.  We are in existence to assist such victims and their families, so we are proud to be trusted and utilized by victims, by law enforcement, by hospitals and by victims' families.  Our challenge is to maintain our 24/7 response to those victims and continue to provide advocacy/crisis services from disclosure through disposition and beyond.  We proudly have been providing 24/7 services at zero cost to our clients since 1974; this year celebrating our 40th Anniversary! 
Volunteers accept the responsibility to man the hotline during after-hours to guarantee that every call is answered.   With this in mind, our annual recruitment for new volunteers became a critical component in maintaining our 24/7 advocacy.  Fortunately, as of October 21st, we were able to welcome 27 fully trained and state certified volunteers eager to join our experienced volunteers in covering our hotline after business hours and on weekends and holidays.  However, the process to certify volunteers is a lengthy one which begins in early September and runs through late October.  Staff provide this training during the evening hours from 6:30pm until 9:00pm.
Thanks to our endeavors and the response by our community, we look to the future with confidence and determination.
Peggy Pisano, Director of Victim Services
Foundation Staff Comments
This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 70 West River Street
2nd Floor
Milford, CT 06460
Primary Phone 203 874-8712
CEO/Executive Director Antonio Vitti
Board Chair Shelby Wilson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bercham, Moses, & Devlin

 

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