Bright Future Foundation named ‘Non-Profit of the Year’
Vail, CO Colorado
EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Vail Valley Partnership recently named the Bright Future Foundation as its Non-Profit of the Year.
The foundation, formerly known as the Women’s Resource Center, was selected as the winner by the Success Awards Committee, a group of representatives of Eagle County business associations and community leaders. The committee will also pick winners in several business categories for the other Success Awards. Those winners will be announced at big event in February.
The Bright Future Foundation began as the Women’s Resource Center in the early 1980s as a local grassroots organization created by women determined to bring awareness about domestic violence issues in Eagle County. While much has changed since then, including the new name, facilities and programs, the mission has not changed – to empower individuals and families affected by domestic violence and abuse.
With offices in Avon, the Bright Future Foundation works to provide programs and resources to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or abuse throughout Eagle County. The team at the foundation provides a 24/7 crisis hotline (970-949-7086) in both English and Spanish, free counseling services, legal advocacy, lodging at the Freedom Ranch Safehouse, transitional housing and vocational training.
Foundation director Sheri Mintz is proud of the work her staff does and the lives that they change, but believes that educational and prevention programs in the local community and schools are the necessary part of stopping the cycle of violence.
“As much as we do a good job responding to crisis situations with domestic violence and sexual assault, our ultimate goal is to eliminate it altogether in our community and we can do only do that through our youth advocacy work,” Mintz said.
Bright Future Foundation’s prevention work in the community includes a youth advocacy program, which provides counseling to children who have been exposed to domestic violence, working with local schools to provide educational sessions on healthy relationships and partnering at-risk children with an adult in the Buddy Mentor program.
The foundation hopes to expand its transitional housing program, which helps victims meet educational or vocational goals and prepare for a new life.
“This recognition means everything to us. The work that we do on a daily basis is emotional and it’s difficult. For the staff to have their incredible work be acknowledged, it is validating and an honor and it brings recognition to what we do. They (the staff) change lives,” Mintz said.
The Vail Valley Partnership has long been a supporter of local non-profit organizations and will continue that support with the 9th Annual Success Awards, which will be held Feb. 10 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort and Spa. A portion of the proceeds from that event’s silent auction will help benefit Bright Future. To donate a silent auction item or to learn more about the awards gala, contact Jennifer Weintraub, 970-477-4001 or email@example.com.
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