Profiles: Family Assistance Program

   Family Assistance Program (FAP), formally known as High Desert Domestic Violence Program (HDDVP) has provided shelter and advocacy services to victims of domestic violence since 1985.  The agency has grown into a larger shelter, with a separate outreach office, a transitional housing program and satellite offices in the cities of San Bernardino and Fontana.

Understanding the diversified needs of the communities in which they serve, FAP offers classes, advocacy, and services in English and Spanish.  Recently, the agency initiated Community Health Workers for the LGBT Community, a runaway youth shelter in Redlands, a Homeless Youth Street Outreach Team as well as a Drop-in Center.  

Family Assistance Program clients receive support with restraining orders, advocacy, homelessness, utility payments, eviction prevention as well as rapid re-housing.  There are extensive counseling services available for families, groups, individuals, teen violence prevention classes, as well as supervised visitation sessions.

Since its founding, Family Assistance Program has continually grown by listening to the needs of its clients and partners. It no longer focuses solely on domestic violence prevention but has increased its impact by adding an array of other essential services that stabilize both families and communities. 

For more on Family Assistance Program, visit their website at: http://www.familyassist.org/