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VICTIMS SERVICES OF CULLMAN INC

Healing Begins Here

Cullman, AL   |  www.victimservices.online

Mission

The mission of Victim Services of Cullman is to lead the community in the prevention of domestic and sexual violence and help promote peace in every family.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Carol Horstman

Main address

P.O. Box 416

Cullman, AL 35056 USA

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Formerly known as

Harbor Hause

EIN

63-1049338

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Hughes House Emergency Shelter

Provides safe shelter and essential services for victims of domestic or sexual violence and accompanying children. Average shelter stay: 1-3 months.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Non-adult children

Long-term housing for women and accompanying children who require additional time, resources, and support as they pursue affordable housing, employment, childcare, and other essentials to their stability and independence.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Non-adult children

24 week program using group discussion and video to help perpetrators of domestic violence accept responsibility for their actions, learn coping mechanisms for stress and anger, and to alleviate domestic violence behaviors. For more information: [email protected]

Population(s) Served
Adults

Victim advocates respond offering support, information, referrals, and emergency assistance to people in crisis. 256-734-6100

Population(s) Served

Spanish interpreter is available 24 hrs. to respond to calls and texts for crisis response, information, and referrals. 256-708-4769
Los defensores de víctimas certificados responden a la línea de ayuda 24/7 que ofrece apoyo, información, referencias y asistencia de emergencia a personas en crisis.
Llame al 256-734-6100 (inglés)
Llamada o texto 256-708-4769 (español)

Population(s) Served

We are committed to helping victims and the significant people in their lives better understand the trauma which they have experienced, and find the tools to cope and move forward with healing. Recognizing that the experience of trauma affects a person’s sense of safety and well-being, our counseling services support and empower primary and secondary victims to cope and regain control over their lives. Clients have the option of individual or group sessions. Services are offered in Cullman County and Winston County. For an appt. call 256-775-2600 or email [email protected]

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Victims and oppressed people
Victims and oppressed people
Victims and oppressed people

Provides support to children who have experienced trauma or are in transition due to domestic violence. Services include working with the parent and child to create individualized goals, age-specific support groups for PreK-Teens, therapeutic play and emotionally supportive activities designed to increase resiliency and improve social skills and self esteem. In addition, Parenting Classes are available to teach parents how to help their child cope and promote non-violent discipline techniques. For more information, email [email protected]

Population(s) Served
Family relationships

Legal Advocacy: A Victim Advocate is available to attend court hearings with clients to inform them about the process, provide support, and help them process the outcome of the hearing, accompaniment for legal interviews and DHR meetings upon request and assists with protection orders, Crime Victim's Compensation, safety planning, and housing assistance applications.
Email [email protected]

Medical Advocacy: Accessible through the 24/7 HELPline, trained advocates are available to help schedule forensic exams for survivors of sexual assault or strangulation, and provide in-person support during the exam. The Victim Advocate will provide information about ongoing services that are available following the exam, including counseling, safety planning, and court accompaniment.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Age groups

Our goal is to address the root causes and reduce the risk of violence through community education and the provision of information and safety tools to vulnerable groups. Our Outreach and Education presentation topics include domestic violence, sexual violence, elder abuse, dating violence, and crisis and recovery services. Prevention programs are designed to increase bystander awareness and promote safety of all women, men and children. To schedule a presentation or speaker, contact [email protected]. For tabling requests or resources for distribution, contact [email protected].

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 1991

Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2021

Alabama Coalition Against Rape 1996

Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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VICTIMS SERVICES OF CULLMAN INC

Board of directors
as of 02/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gwen Parker

People's Bank, Retired

Term: 2021 - 2024

Crystal Parker

Happy Homes Real Estate

Rev. James Fields

St. James United Methodist Church

Josh Speakman

Brandin' Iron Steak House

Amanda Whitehead

Gateway Mortgage

Raul Dominguez

1st United Methodist Church

Gudy Pittman

Spanish Interpreter

Christina White Browning

Counselor

Sarah Kaylor

Case Worker

Jim McDonald

Farmer Insurance, Owner

Cindy Rohrscheib

Parole Officer

Jennifer Bishop

Cullman Police Dept.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/4/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/04/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.