(Golden, CO – November 2, 2018) At a meeting on October 30, 2018, members of the Daniels Welchester Neighborhood Association were updated on the progress being made towards the opening of the Family Justice Center (FJC) in the First Judicial District. Over 70 partner agencies will work together at the center, under one roof, to provide services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder, child, and at-risk adult abuse, and human trafficking in Jefferson and Gilpin counties.
“A major step for us has been developing our mission, vision, and values,” said Center Director Candace Cooledge, “This will help us convey to victims and the community the importance and need for the FJC.” The center will be called “PorchLight” and will be known as a place where victims will be welcomed and provided with comprehensive legal, emotional, medical, and critical support services.
The Family Justice Center model is recognized as a best practice in the field of domestic violence by the U.S. Department of Justice. One of the greatest challenges faced by victims in the aftermath of crime is trying to find a new state of normal. They are often overwhelmed and confused. While many services are currently available for victims in our community, access to those services may require travel to different offices or searching websites.
An equally important step has been securing a location for the center. On October 15, 2018, a letter of intent was signed securing a 16,543 square foot property at 11100 W. 8th Avenue in Lakewood. The next step will be the design and development of the interior to ensure that PorchLight can indeed provide a safe, caring environment where local government agencies, law enforcement, medical, community, social and legal service providers, and the District Attorney’s Office will be on-site to make it easier for victims and survivors to get the help they need.
PorchLight has over 70 committed partners from throughout the community. Boards, committees, and working groups meet regularly to handle the details required to make this complex collaboration a reality.
A major focus now is fundraising. PorchLight currently operates under the District Attorney’s Community Partnership, a 501(c)(3), private, non-profit corporation which allows donors to make tax exempt donations to the center. The fundraising committee is also actively seeking available grant funding.
Between donations and grants, PorchLight has already raised over $300,000. For a project of this magnitude, this is just a beginning and fundraising will be an ongoing effort. “The generous support of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Golden Police Department, the Lakewood Police Department, FirstBank, and grants through the Attorney General’s Office and the Crime Victim Services Advisory Board have provided the funds to propel us forward,” said Cooledge.
“This is a huge undertaking, with hundreds of moving parts.” said District Attorney Pete Weir, “The community support has been extraordinary. We look forward to beginning to provide these critical services in mid-2019.”
If you would like more information or to learn how you can help, visit the PorchLight website at www.porchlightfjc.org or contact the PorchLight Director, Deputy District Attorney Candace Cooledge, at 303-271-6929 or [email protected]