We are raising money for our Survivor Financial Assistance Fund! These funds will be used to directly benefit survivors of abuse. With your support, we are able to continue providing FREE confidential, accessible, culturally responsive and trauma informed direct services to survivors and FREE community education to other agencies.
60% of our clients are seeking support with basic needs - your donation goes to tangible support for survivors of abuse, including:
$25 - Prescription medication
$25 - Book of bus tickets
$50 - Gas gift card for transportation and warmth
$50 - Lyft/Uber to court or medical appointments
$80 - Cell phone
$100 - Groceries
$300 - Language access services
$500-$1,500 Rental and deposit assistance
$100-$1,400 Emergency motel stay
$100-$2,000 Relocation to safety services
We all benefit from creating a culture that values consent, respects survivors, and supports those who have been wronged.
We sincerely thank you for your support.
The Initiative Team
ABOUT THE INITIATIVE
The Initiative was founded by local, queer, disabled, artists and activists in 1986 to begin addressing the unique needs of disabled sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. Disability justice and anti-abuse work are intimately tied together. Both movements rely on the ways that we make each other stronger, take care of each other, depend on each other, and support each other. Both movements are deeply intersectional at their hearts, and in order to be successful, require a commitment to recognizing the vast, complex, and nuanced experiences of human beings. Both movements also have an incredibly beautiful way of benefiting everyone in our communities. Just as everyone benefits from the availability of accessibility options, we all benefit from creating a culture that values consent, respects survivors, and supports those who have been wronged.
The Initiative works towards both of these goals as the only organization in Colorado, and one of very few in the country, providing direct victim services to survivors and specializing in those with disabilities. The Initiative is also one of the only victim services organizations that follows the “cross-disability model,” meaning that we do not focus on a specific sub-category of disability.
With the intersection of survivors and disability at our heart, we have been growing to encompass other underserved populations that also have higher rates of disability. With the help of community fundraising, we’ve been able to launch our dedicated LGBTQ+ Advocacy, Rural Advocacy, and Bilingual/Bicultural Advocacy programs. In each of our programs we provide one-on-one advocacy with survivors for as long as they need, focusing on whatever goals are the most important to them. We have also expanded our systems based advocacy program - Community Education - and we now offer 9 free presentations addressing systemic barriers that survivors of various identities face when accessing victim services.
Funds that we raise from the public are an invaluable resource for survivors. We are able to use this pool of money for things that tend to be restricted under government grants like rental deposit assistance, cell phones, small business costs, gas, prescription medication co-pays, haircuts, and certification fees. We recognize that sexual assault has so many impacts on a survivor that extend past the criminal legal system. We work closely with survivors as unique, independent, brilliant, individuals who know their own situation better than anyone else possibly could.
It's easy to link your King Soopers account to The Initiative! All you have to do is sign up once and use your King Soopers savings card or Alt Id every time you shop. This program is free for you and still generates donations for us! To use the King Soopers Rewards Program: simply search for The Initiative to connect us to your account. All quarterly earnings will go directly to fund our organization and the clients we serve!
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