There is no doubt that working in the Real Estate Industry puts our team in a position to be able to assist our clients reach their goals when it comes to buying, selling, or investing in real estate. However, we aspire to do more for our community to make a real IMPACT.
To close out June, Adam Merrick Real Estate hosted their first monthly AMRE IMPACT DAY. The focus of Impact Day is to identify a need in the community and band together as a team to really make a difference. The selected charity this time around was the “Center for Prevention of Abuse” located in Peoria. AMRE donated 70 hours to help revamp facilities that are used every day to help families in our community.
Since 1975, CFPA has changed locations, added departments, programs, services, and directors with one goal in mind: to better serve the needs of our community.
1975 – Establish agency as Rape Crisis Hotline to serve people in crisis from sexual assault and set up hotline at Allied Agencies.
1976 – Add Domestic Violence Services, including safe shelter rooms at the Peoria YWCA.
1978 – Agency name changes to Tri-County WomenStrength.
1979 – Move emergency shelter to an old house on Monroe Street and several years later to an old house on Bestor Street.
1984 – Add Elder Abuse services along with “Better Safe Than Sorry” sexual abuse prevention education for elementary school children. CFPA begins offering services to male victims of domestic violence.
1985 – Build a new emergency shelter at 720 Joan Court in Peoria with the support of a community capital campaign.
1989 – Establish Order of Protection office at the Peoria County Courthouse.
Launch first Duck Race which continues to be the agency’s biggest fundraiser.
1990 – State of Illinois passes the Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Act and contracts with the agency to investigate all cases within a six county area.
1991 – Establish Order of Protection office at the Tazewell County Courthouse along with a counseling office.
1993 – Agency name changed to The Center for Prevention of Abuse.
1994 – Implement Family Violence Intervention Project, a batterer’s re-education program.
Host first Partners in Peace Awards Luncheon.
2001 – Add Long Term Care Ombudsman Program to protect rights and safety of residents in licensed long-term care facilities.
2001 – Launch $4.2M campaign to centralize and expand programming at 720 Joan Court.
2004 – Campaign results in building two additions to the emergency shelter at Joan Court – a building for counseling, education, and administration, and an apartment building called Next Step Transitional Housing.
2011 – Acquire Carol House of Hope, a domestic violence shelter in Pekin.
2012 – Launch “A Million Ways to Prevent Abuse” campaign to expand prevention education.
2013 – Programming for Elder Abuse expands to Adult Protective Services.
2017 – Re-introduce Safe From the Start, a program for children ages 0-5 years who have been victims of or witnessed an act of violence at home or in the community.
2018 – Add Human Trafficking Services department.
Our ultimate goal as a team was to truly make a difference in the lives of those in our community. This is something we discuss daily in our office, focusing on building relationships. We asked some of our team members what they thought about the experience and here is what they had to say:
“I felt very honored that we were able to give back to an organization that facilitates life changing experiences for women and children.” – Cindy Carlock
“It is humbling realizing the importance of giving back and the impact that it makes.” -Kelly Hunchusky
We are endlessly grateful for the opportunity to lend a helping hand and look forward to continuing to find new ways to serve our community. If you have questions, or desire any additional information about the services provided by the Center for Prevention of Abuse – please visit their website HERE.