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Family Resource Center Resolution Passes Unanimously During Legislative Session

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Bill No. 32-0173, a Resolution honoring the Family Resource Center (FRC), authored by Senator Janelle K. Sarauw, sponsored by Senators Myron Jackson, Marvin Blyden, Dwayne M. DeGraff, Jean A. Forde, and Alicia Chucky Hansen, was unanimously passed in Friday’s Legislative Session.

Senator Sarauw authored the bill post hurricanes Irma and Maria for the FRC’s service to the people of the territory through the collaboration and distribution of aid.

Prior to the storms, FRC has provided invaluable service to the people of the Virgin Islands for the last thirty-two years. The FRC first opened its doors in 1986 as an emergency shelter for women and children but the organization has since expanded their services currently serving as a safe haven for abused individuals to include men, women, and children in our community. The FRC’s mission is to end family violence.

When many abused individuals are afraid to come forward because of fear, stigma, or fear of being single out. FRC and its members are right there selflessly serving, counseling, advocating, and providing housing and clothing for an unheard, but hurting community. Some of the initiatives and groups that the FRC provide are the Women of Worth Group; Men Terminating Violence; Women Anger Management; and Family and Youth Crisis Intervention Program. The FRC continues to provide critical services despite a lack of crucial funding.

“The storms brought us great devastation but once the clouds parted we were left with a group of individuals that rose to the challenge in the aftermath, becoming true heroes in this territory,” Senator Sarauw said. “The FRC truly deserve all the accolades they receive, and I am extremely grateful that such an organization exists that functions and embraces humanity well in its capacity. To the FRC family, a resounding Thank You.”

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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