Resolve of Greater Rochester Inc. offers programs to eradicate violence against women.
The organization was formed July 1, 2012, from the merger of Stand Up Guys Inc. and Safe Journey, an outreach of Ecumenical Ministries of Perinton Inc. They merged because the two programs had similar goals and philosophies, had experience in working together and wanted to combine resources for greater financial strength.
Resolve’s intervention and prevention programs aim to eradicate domestic and sexual violence by engaging both women and men to promote safety and equality. Within Resolve, the original programs of the merger partners continue. Stand Up Guys provides education for men of all ages to prevent violence against women. Safe Journey provides non-residential transitional services for women rebuilding their lives after domestic violence, as well as awareness and prevention education for youths and adults.
Safe Journey has operated a non-residential support center in Fairport since 1998, offering services for survivor transition, resettlement and community education with an emphasis on addressing the specific needs of suburban domestic violence victims. The organization offers practical help and emotional support for women affected by domestic violence—those who remain in troubled relationships, those who have left relationships and are in crisis, and those who are out of relationships but feel hopeless and stuck.
In 2013, Safe Journey served 200 women directly and reached 2,500 young people and adults with educational programs. It sees clients from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with evening hours by appointment. All services are free, and no referral is required.
Stand Up Guys engages men in preventing violence against women and embraces the concept of women and men working together. It was founded in 2004 by social worker Pete Navratil and counselor Jack Brennick, instructors in court-ordered education programs for batterers, and both men serve on Resolve’s board.
The organization began with the Stand Up Guys pledge, a call for men to oppose gender violence, and has grown to include prevention initiatives that promote gender equality on college campuses, in religious communities and in the broader society. The organization targets teens and adults in efforts to prevent all forms of gender violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, harassment, discrimination, stalking and bullying.
Safe Journey makes appointments with clients and Stand Up Guys schedules its speakers’ presentations by phone at (585) 425-1580 or through the Resolve website, www.resolve-roc.org.
In 2014, Resolve is inaugurating the annual Resolutionary Awards to honor one man and one woman who foster change in the community and motivate others to combat violence against women and girls. The first awards are to be presented during a breakfast April 10 at the Country Club of Rochester, and tickets are available on Resolve’s website.
Resolve has seven part-time employees, and Allison O’Malley is executive director. Its mailing address is P.O. Box 21, Fairport, N.Y. 14450.
Financial record Year ending Dec. 31, 2012
Contributions $74,572 50
Proceeds of special events 48,240 32
Program service revenue 16,990 11
Grants 9,000 6
Total revenue $148,802 100
Personnel expenses $58,286 51
Special events 20,651 18
Contract services 8,000 7
Program expenses 6,937 6
Rent 6,087 5
Travel and training 4,016 4
Telephone 2,598 2
Insurance 2,464 2
Other 4,383 4
Total expenses $113,422 100
Excess (deficiency) of revenue over expenses $35,380
Board of Directors
Amy White, president
Pete Navratil, vice president
Bruce Frazee, treasurer
Alyce VanPatten, secretary
—Researched by James Leunk
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