BRIGHT FUTURE FOUNDATION FOR EAGLE COUNTY

Prevention and intervention of domestic violence and sexual assault

aka Bright Future Foundation (BFF)   |   Avon, CO   |  www.mybrightfuture.org

Mission

Bright Future Foundation’s mission is "Making Futures Bright: changing lives impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault.” As Eagle County's only community-based victim service agency, Bright Future Foundation aspires to break the generational cycle of violence and create a pathway to safety and security through the provision of prevention, crisis intervention, advocacy, and long-term healing services.

Ruling year info

1984

Principal Officer

Sheri Mintz

Main address

PO Box 2558

Avon, CO 81620 USA

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Formerly known as

The Resource Center

EIN

84-0938374

NTEE code info

Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C. (F99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects all people regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, which equates to more than 10 million men and women each year. In addition, 1 in 5 women and 1 in 59 men is raped during his or her lifetime. Eagle County experiences a high incidence of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2019, there were 122 filings for domestic violence and 23 filings for harassment (Colorado Courts Judicial Branch, 2019). There were 59 incidents of non-consensual sex offenses registered by the law enforcement agencies (Colorado Crime Statistics, 2019). Finally, there were 79 documented protection order violations (Colorado Courts Judicial Branch, 2019).

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?

Advocates Ensuring Freedom

Advocates Ensuring Freedom provides essential crisis intervention and long-term healing services for survivors of violence. Advocates Ensuring Freedom offers the following services to victims and survivors in our community: 24-7 Crisis Hotline, Advocacy/Case Management Services, the Ensuring Freedom Housing Program, The BrightHouse Emergency Shelter, Rapid ReHousing, Legal Advocacy and Representation and Trauma-Focused Counseling Services. The need for these holistic services continues to grow and BFF strives to serve more than 800 survivors in Advocates Ensuring Freedom this year.

Population(s) Served

Freedom Ranch is Eagle County’s first and only safehouse and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The location of the shelter is kept confidential to protect the safety and security of residents. Residents have the support of the shelter manager and other residents through shared living, dining, and children’s areas. Residents work closely with their advocate to determine plans following their stay at Freedom Ranch.

Shelter services are also available on an emergency basis through our Safe Nights program. This program provides short-term safe housing through cooperative agreements with local hotels. Victims utilizing our Safe Nights program work closely with an advocate to establish long-term plans for housing.

Bright Future provides, on average, 3,000 nights of emergency shelter for families and individuals fleeing violence. The program cost is approximately $62.50 per night

Population(s) Served

Domestic violence and child abuse often occur together and pose a significant threat to children and teens. It is estimated that between 3.5 and 10 million children witness domestic abuse each year and over 3 million reports of child abuse are made annually. Bright Future’s youth advocacy division provides comprehensive prevention, intervention and recovery services to youth affected by child abuse, teen dating violence, domestic abuse, and sexual assault. Youth Advocacy provides the tools, skills, and confidence youth need to successfully break free from the generational cycle of abuse.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Despite the restrictions of COVID-19 advocates served over 800 clients in 2020, an increase of 10% over 2019. Fourth quarter saw the largest service utilization, as BFF served 250 clients.

Number of crisis hotline calls answered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Advocates Ensuring Freedom

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our 24/7 crisis hotline was a critical access point for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault during the COVID-19 pandemic. Calls continue to surge into the early part of 2021.

Number of Behavioral Health Clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our mental health services are one of the most requested services at Bright Future Foundation. We maintained a waitlist for mental health services the entire year.

Number of clients assisted with legal needs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Advocates Ensuring Freedom

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our staff attorney provided legal advocacy and consultation for 142 survivors in 2020. Most importantly, our attorney offered protection order assistance to 64 survivors compared to 46 in 2019.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Related Program

Youth Advocacy Division

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Last school year, the youth violence prevention team provided Hot Spot Mapping in five schools reaching 350 students.

Number of nights of safe housing provided to families of domestic violence

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our housing continuum of Ensuring Freedom, Rapid ReHousing and COVID Relief Housing, provided 22,000 nights of safe housing for 175 survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse and stalking.

Number of bed nights (nights spent in shelter)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Freedom Ranch Safehouse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A vital component of crisis response is the emergency shelter program. Our shelter manager provided over 1700 nights of emergency shelter at Freedom Ranch, an increase of 6% over previous years.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Bright Future Foundation aspires to accomplish the following goals with our comprehensive programs: 1) provide comprehensive emergency services that enhance safety for victims and their families; 2) give clients the tools to facilitate long term self-sufficiency through direct services and increased knowledge of community resources and 3) promote healthy lifestyles, enhance self-esteem and self-efficacy.

Our four quintessential programs include: Advocates Ensuring Freedom, Freedom Ranch Safehouse, Rapid ReHousing, and Youth Violence Prevention Services. Advocates Ensuring Freedom provides essential crisis intervention and long-term healing services for survivors of violence in English and Spanish including a 24/7 crisis hotline, advocacy and case management services, trauma-informed counseling services for individuals and families, including teens and children, and legal consultation and representation services provided by our staff attorney. Our housing continuum including the BrightHouse emergency housing units, Ensuring Freedom Housing Program and Rapid ReHousing Program, focuses on assisting survivors to access stable housing as quickly as possible.

Bright Future Foundation prioritizes prevention as the greatest avenue for creating lasting change and eliminating violence in our community. Our Youth Violence Prevention Program is two-pronged, Buddy Mentors and in school programming. Buddy Mentors focuses on long term, positive and consistent 1:1 relationship with at-risk youth. Our school programming works in tandem with the school district and other local agencies to provide interactive and educational programming to Eagle County youth.

Together, these programs work to break the generational cycle of violence by providing holistic, immediate relief to families in need and prevention programs that create sustainable emotional, behavioral and community change.

Bright Future Foundation has diverse funding comprised of a fiscally healthy combination of government grants, foundation and community grants, individual and corporate donors, special events income, earned income and in-kind contributions that support our programs to remain sustainable. Currently, 60% of BFF’s funding is from government grants including Eagle County Government, the Division of Criminal Justice Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) and Domestic Violence Program (DVP) who are funding partners for Advocates Ensuring Freedom. Our government grants often require local support and match. Continued funding is essential to assist BFF in meeting match requirements and to demonstrate local endorsement of our programs. With the current volatility of government budgets and funding priorities, it is imperative that Bright Future Foundation continues to diversify our income sources to insulate from potential cuts in government resources. Bright Future Foundation continues to involve additional funding partners to ensure our services expand and develop to meet the need in the community. As a grassroots organization in its founding, Bright Future Foundation strives to connect the community with the mission of Bright Future Foundation through grassroots level funding and budget relieving partnership opportunities such as in-kind donations to meet the needs of clients in crisis. Bright Future Foundation has a fifteen-member board of directors who prioritize funding for our organization. Our board members are spokespeople in the community, promoting the mission, vision, and values of Bright Future Foundation to the public. 100% of our board members contribute financially to the extent they are able. Our board has taken leadership in sustaining the organization.

Bright Future Foundation’s ability to provide lifechanging services is a direct result of the support from our donors and community partners. This year has presented challenges for each and every one of us, but particularly for those with already complicated lives. Thanks to the resiliency of our staff, leadership from our Board of Directors, and support from our community we were able to continue to serve our clients when they needed us most. Support allows us to meet the growing needs of our community.

• Our 24/7 crisis hotline, operated in English and Spanish, remains the primary access point for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in need of safety, security, and/or access to community resources. Bright Future Foundation experienced a 18% increase in hotline calls from victims isolated in their homes. Calls continue to surge into the early part of 2021 compared to years prior as victims seek emergency support.

• Advocates continue to work with survivors on long-term healing with goal of self-sufficiency and self-efficacy. Advocates served 800 clients, an increase of 10% over 2019. 14% of clients were victims of sexual assault, 75% of domestic violence, and 11% of stalking and harassment.

• Our staff attorney provided protection order assistance to 64 survivors compared to 46 in 2019. Like all of our services, this essential part of healing and empowerment is provided at no cost to the client.

• Behavioral health services are critical to developing the psychological tools necessary to process trauma and initiate long-term healing. Therapist provided free and confidential behavioral treatment to over 150 survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

• A vital component of crisis response is the emergency shelter program. Bright Future Foundation provided over 1700 nights of emergency shelter, an increase of 6% over previous years. As we focus on assisting survivors to access stable housing as quickly as possible while providing financial support and holistic support. Our housing continuum provided 22,000 nights of safe housing for 175 survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

• Bright Future Foundation prioritizes prevention as the greatest avenue for creating change and progressing towards our goal of eliminating violence in our community. Bright Future Foundation provided over 2,500 hours of programming for 60 youth involved in Buddy Mentors. Our programming was one of the only social opportunities for many youths during the lockdown. Most importantly, the Buddy Mentor program impacts the entire family of a junior buddy as much of our programming is extended to the whole family. We know that with your increased financial support these impact hours extend deep into our community for years to come through strategic program development.

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.

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  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • 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 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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BRIGHT FUTURE FOUNDATION FOR EAGLE COUNTY

Board of directors
as of 12/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Amy Keller

Vail Health

Winslow Blankenship, M.D.

Doe Browning

Kelley Collier

Craig Ferraro

Amy Gosha

Yvonne Jacobs

Amy Keller

Sheri Mintz

Bright Future Foundation

Hon. R Thomas Moorhead

Rachel Nelson

Steven Suggs

Mia Vlaar

Colleen Weiss-Hanen

Deborah Wittman

Board leadership practices

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

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Disability

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