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History

During the 1970s, two independent efforts took shape in Montgomery.  One effort sought to identify and assist abused children; another, to do the same for abused women.  The original Child Abuse & Neglect Board convened in 1978; the Domestic Abuse Shelter Board in 1979.

  • August 1979 - The Child Abuse & Neglect Center opened in the CARE House, 1809 Park Place with one room for an office and one staff person.
  • June 1980 - A proposed site for the battered women’s shelter was selected.
  • January 20, 1981 - The Montgomery Area Family Violence Program (MAFVP) filed Articles of Incorporation. 
  • January 1981 - The shelter doors opened and provided safety for 14 abused women and children.  The two separate boards merged to form a new corporation, the Montgomery Area Family Violence Program, Inc., with a $200,000 grant from the Law Enforcement Administration Agency.
  • January 1982 - The MAFVP moved to 1803 Lawrence St. Grant funding ended, creating a financial crisis for the program. MAFVP staff worked without pay.
  • March 1982 - The MAFVP began its first endeavor to raise community support/funding. Through a telethon, "Stop the Hurt," the center raised $40,000 to continue services.
  • October 1982 - The MAFVP became a Montgomery Area United Way agency, receiving $9,000 in funding.
  • July 1984 - The FSC has a new home... at 802 Forest Ave.
  • February 1985 - Bill introduced to allow arrests of spouses at the discretion of law enforecment
  • January 1989- The FSC Board of Directors votes to establish a batterer's intervention group with a facilitator's salarty to be paid from program fees.
  • December 1992 - A new shelter was purchased. The shelter expanded bed space from 12 to 24. The same year the office building at 858 South Court Street was purchased and prevention, counseling and administrative services were consolidated from five different sites. A capital campaign was held with a goal of raising $1,250,000 to pay for the purchase and renovation of both sites. 
  • March 1994 - A "doing business as" name was selected for the new facility, the Family Sunshine Center. 
  • April 1, 1994 -  The shelter moved into its new home and staff more than doubled.
  • October 31, 1994 - The Montgomery County Domestic Violence Task Force signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish itself.
  • November 1994 - The Montgomery County District Court established a domestic violence docket. 
  • July 1996 - The FSC Board of Directors voted to develop an endowment fund to provide stable, long-term financial support for programs during funding cutbacks.
  • September 1996 - Tennis Across Montgomery was created and implemented by Coach John McWilliams.
  • August 1997 - The Board of Directors adopted its current mission statement and an updated strategic plan.
  • September 1998 - The Family Sunshine Center Foundation was incorporated to provide a stable funding source during funding shortages. 
  • March 12, 2001- The FSC broke ground on the 12-unit apartment complex named the Exodus Community.
  • June 2001 - The Montgomery Police Department formed a bureau designed specifically to respond to high risk domestic violence cases. 
  • October 1, 2001 - The grand opening of Exodus Community and the first family moved in. 
  • 2002 - The District Attorney's Office of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit established a Family Violence Unit. 
  • 2002 - TARGET program implemented to fast-track domestic violence cases involving a firearm. 
  • February 2002- Governance Committee established. 
  • October 2006 - FSC marked its 25-year anniversary. 
  • January 15, 2008 - A dedicated domestic violence docket was re-established in Montgomery Municipal Court with Judge Karen Knight presiding and Virginia Green serving as full-time prosecutor. 
  • October 1, 2009 - The FSC transferred its E.V.E.N. program to Montgomery County Community Corrections after months of exploring alternative opportunities to retain the service in Montgomery. 
  • October 1, 2009 -  After months of collaboration with the Lighthouse Counseling Center and its STAR (Standing Together Against Rape) program, the FSC assumed the provision of counseling services to sexual assault victims. 
  • October 30, 2010 - Two hundred people from around the River Region gathered at the South Lawrence Street location of One Place Family Justice Center for the center's grand opening. 
  • September 12, 2012 - The FSC was awarded a federal grant through the United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for four years at $400,000 per year to provide trauma focused care to children and adolescents under the age of 18 within the River Region. The project is called "CARES, Children's Advocacy Through Recovery and Empowerment Services."
  • In October 2012 the FSC was nominated and awarded for the River Region Ethics in Business and Public Service Awards Non-Profit Category.
  • November 19, 2014 - Sherlock, Smith and Adams, Inc. agreed to donate the services and time of their employees to conduct a Facility Utilization study for the Family Sunshine Center. 
  • June 4, 2015 - Domestic Violence Act (Act 2015-493) passed. A significant revision of domestic violence laws in Alabama. 

PO Box 5160, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5160      334.206.2100