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NON-PROFIT REPORT: Resolve of Greater Rochester Inc.

Non-profit Report
Rochester Business Journal
February 28, 2014

 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,

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
Revenue    %
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

Expenses    %
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
Jack Brennick
Jerry Elman
Nancy Hessler
Corwin Marsh
Shannon O’Keefe-Pero
Nicole Trabold
Rick Walther

—Researched by James Leunk

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2/28/14 (c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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