A Message from the Executive Director, Tay Knight
FSC’s Response to the Coronavirus
How You Can Help
Ranch Roundup Update
Family Sunshine Center mourns the loss of Dr. Anne Permaloff
Spreading Holiday Joy to FSC Clients
Victim Support Services are Growing!
FSC adds Staff Client Attorney

A Message from the Executive Director, Tay Knight

You deserve a huge THANK YOU! The staff, board of directors, and our clients value your continual support. Through your commitment to giving, the Family Sunshine Center is able to impart hope and healing into the lives of so many. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of the families and individuals we serve by supporting the mission of the Family Sunshine Center! Below are a few of the happenings at FSC over the last few months.
With gratitude,
Tay Knight

FSC’s Response to the Coronavirus

Our first priority here at Family Sunshine Center is the health and safety of our clients and staff. We recognize that while home quarantine measures may protect us from spreading COVID-19, for some, being confined to home may pose a risk of violence. For this reason, we are keeping our Crisis Intervention Services open. Following recommendations from the CDC, ADPH and Governor Kay Ivey, most of our staff will be working remotely through April 6 to carry on business and support the staff members who will be working crisis line and shelter operations. We are sad that we have had to cancel volunteer opportunities, including the Volunteer Awards, but promise to reschedule as soon as possible. Ranch Roundup is also cancelled but read below for rescheduling information.

How You can Help

We are determined to keep the shelter doors open. To do this, we need monetary donations. Click here to help us keep giving victims a safe haven. At this time we are unable to receive in-person donations of goods.

Ranch Roundup Update

All spring events at Hampstead Farms are cancelled, including our Ranch Roundup. We have tentatively rescheduled the event to September 17. Hopefully we will all be out from under the specter of this pandemic by then. As this is our major annual fundraiser, delaying the event puts us behind in fundraising just when our clients need us the most. During this pandemic, home is not a safe haven for many. Please help us keep the phones up and the doors open by donating today.

Family Sunshine Center mourns the loss Dr. Anne Permaloff

Anne passed away in December 2019 after a brief illness. Among many things, Anne was the 2015 recipient of FSC’s Estelle Popkin Award, the highest honor given annually to a volunteer.  The award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the agency and who has impacted the availability of services to family violence victims in the Montgomery area. Anne served on the board of directors for 6 years. She was the chair of the program committee and in this capacity, led the agency through the process of assessing each program and making any needed changes. Under Anne’s leadership, the Program Committee remained very active and spearheaded changes improving the quality of victim services. She was without doubt the most knowledgeable when it came to Robert’s Rules of Order and we could count on Anne to make sure our board followed proper procedures and documented board actions accurately. While Anne’s presence is missed, her impact and influence on the Family Sunshine Center will not be forgotten.

Spreading Holiday Joy to the FSC Clients

The holidays are filled with hustle and bustle at FSC. FSC partners and staff go to extraordinary lengths to ensure victims in need experience a bit of holiday joy. Partners come from across the River Region, supplying everything from the food to compose hearty holiday meals to gifts intended to bring smiles to the faces of clients. Last year, FSC was blessed to serve 164 adults and 285 children a Thanksgiving meal. At Christmas, 106 adults and 168 children were assisted through family, single adult, and shelter adoptions. We are grateful for the over 140 individuals, businesses, civic groups, and religious organizations who helped bring joy to our clients during the holiday season.

Services to Victims are growing

FSC supportive services help victims and clients get needed assistance to escape violence, recover, and rebuild. Over the past 4 month’s FSC’s Rapid Rehousing program has placed 20 (5 adults, 15 children) clients in permanent housing; 446 crisis calls have been answered and responded to by trained staff; and 5,263 hours of counseling, advocacy and other supportive services have been provided to clients.
FSC opened satellite offices in Elmore and Autauga counties during July and September, respectively. These locations make victim services more accessible to clients. We are pleased that both offices have been met with support and acceptance from the surrounding communities. Client caseloads are on the rise and victim survivors are receiving the help they need to lead violence free lives.
As I write this update, we have purchased a facility that will provide shelter and services for victims of human trafficking. The building is in a state of rehabilitation and we hope to open in late spring 2020. To address this rising concern in our community, FSC plans to serve victims with crisis intervention, counseling, and case management services. Our newly hired staff continue to receive specialized training in this field as FSC prepares for the work of raising awareness and serving those impacted by human trafficking.

FSC adds Staff Client Attorney

Family Sunshine Center is proud to have its first ever client attorney on staff. Peyton Faulk joined the agency in October 2019 and is making a huge impact on our clients’ ability to walk through the legal steps associated with domestic violence and/or sexual assault issues. In just a few short months, Peyton has handled more than 59 cases!

If you or someone you know needs our services, please call our 24-hour resource and information hotline at 334.263.0218 or 800.650.6522.