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Dear Friend,

As you reflect on the causes you care most about this holiday season, I invite you to invest in the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County. With the help of donors like you, VSC delivers life-changing services to strengthen members of our community every day.

The conditions for delivering our services have endured a multitude of challenges this year. From the lasting impact of Covid 19, the effects of the current economic environment and inflation, increasing child abuse, feelings of anxiety and depression, one thing remains true. VSC services are needed more than ever!

I invite you to strengthen our community with a tax-deductible gift to VSC. Your donation will help VSC to protect children from abuse, maintain and sustain our services in person and remotely. With the generous investment of community members like you, VSC is able to keep services free for survivors and their loved ones.

Your contribution will provide vital funding for our 24-hour hotline, advocacy, counseling and prevention education programs. To learn more about the impact your gift to VSC could make, please take a moment to read the stories and statistics below this letter.

Please consider a gift of $25, $50 or $100 or more this year. Every dollar will make a difference for a neighbor or friend receiving VSC services. We cannot do this work alone. Thank you in advance for your investment in our mission.

With appreciation,

Mary Onama, LMSW - Executive Director

VSC’s Mission: To provide advocacy and counseling for all who have been affected by sexual violence and other crimes against the person, and to promote sensitivity and awareness in the community through education.

With the commitment of donors like you, we have reached over 22,000 people in our community this year. Many of them received the following services.

VSC’s hotline helped 1444 people who called the 24/7 crisis hotline

“It was a relief to know I could receive counseling or therapy services remotely. That helped to ease my anxiety about traveling to receive support for my trauma.”

– A Victim of Crime

115 victims received counseling and therapy from VSC’s Counselors

Going to the hospital to get medical exam was frightening. When the VSC advocate met me at the hospital and stayed with me through the rape kit exams, I was not alone and felt supported. Thank you VSC.

-- Victim of Sexual Assault

107 victims of sexual violence were accompanied to hospitals in Montgomery County for rape kit exams.

“Having an advocate by my side in the court room when my case went to trial helped me to cope and feel safe.”

. --Survivor of Homicide Victim

213 Victims received in person accompaniments to court hearings

“I needed help to file for an order of protection and the advocate explained the process for application and filing.” - A Victim of Abuse

39 victims were assisted with filing for order of protection from sexual violence and intimidation.

“I was physically assault and lost all my front teeth. VSC’s advocate explained the crime victim’s compensation and helped me apply for it. I received financial assistance to help with my dental bills.”.- Victim of Physical Assault

89 clients assisted with victim’s compensation. VSC received $73,869.51 for victims

My son learned child abuse prevention from the educators that presented at his school, thank you VSC.- Mother of a Child Who Attended an Education Program

394 Education programs presented to schools in person and virtually in Montgomery County.