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Bright Future Foundation receives honor

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EAGLE COUNTY — The Bright Future Foundation, Eagle County's only community-based domestic violence and sexual assault agency, has received statewide recognition with a Purple Ribbon Award for Outstanding Domestic Violence Program. The Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence selected Bright Future for offering its services within a clinical holistic approach that supports its clients in reaching long-term change and individual self-sufficiency.

"We believe that every client, no matter how great the adversity, has the strength within to live fuller, happier and more productive lives," Bright Future Foundation Director Sherry Mintz said. "We are honored to be recognized by (the coalition) for our efforts to help our clients make sustainable changes that lead to an enhanced quality of life for themselves and their families."

Initially, Bright Future focused solely on crisis response and advocacy services and clients were referred to outside organizations for counseling or legal services. The latter two services were added upon determining that clients have better results in reaching long-term recovery by working in-house with a single organization. Bright Future also provides a 24/7 bilingual crisis hotline and Eagle County's only safe house and emergency shelter. Transitional housing and financial literacy programs ensure long-term success for clients, while mentorship and youth advocacy programs help local youth to develop healthy relationships and have increased confidence in their academic work.

Bright Future received the Purple Ribbon Award at the Colorado Advocacy in Action Conference at the Vail Marriot Mountain Resort & Spa. The conference is a joint effort of the coalition and the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.