While the past year posed a number of challenges on businesses, no organization had to pivot quite like the city of Rockford’s Family Peace Center. Turning survivors away from resources was never an option and as we enter a new year leaders say they’re ready to expand and offer even more services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
“We always knew this was a need. We knew if we built it, they would come,” said Family Peace Center Acting Executive Director Jennifer Cacciapaglia.
This time last year the city of Rockford’s Family Peace Center was just an idea.
“Being a survivor is rough as it is and so just having that flexibility and the ease of being able to go to one spot and kind of get everything you need without running around town,” said Family Peace Center Survivor Support Navigator Delicia Harris.
As leaders got ready to open up the space in the spring, COVID-19 picked up speed. While businesses were figuring out how they were going to close, the peace center knew opening was essential.