Broken Hearts….Broken Homes
The purple ribbon has become a symbol of peace, support for those who have survived the violence, commemoration of those who have not been so fortunate, and hope that together, we can work to end this violence which claims thousands of lives each year.
Adams Wells Crisis Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 253
Decatur, IN 46733
The Adams Wells Crisis Center arose out of a need that founder Sharon Barger observed as a rental agent for a major apartment builder and owner in Decatur. Ms. Barger began to have women with their children coming to her because they were leaving an abusive relationship and needed an apartment immediately. Since the rental process required application fees, credit checks, and took a week or so, Ms. Barger saw the need for an emergency shelter or 'safe house' for these women and childern who were literally homeless due to spousal or partner abuse. She began gathering together with friends and associates with expertise in a variety of areas in an attempt to address this urgent need. After researching the number of domestic violence incidents reported by local and county law enforcement and identifying a true need, this group of community leaders completed the process of incorporating the AWCC as a Not-for-Profit 501 (c) (3) in the fall of 1997.
Ms. Barger and other volunteers developed a 'speakers bureau, ' providing programs on domestic violence to civic organizations, churches, sororities and other groups. An advisory task force was formed that eventually became a fifteen-member Board of Directors from the Adams and Wells Counties. After many months of planning and information gathering, the AWCC officially opened its doors in July 1998 in a rented facility above a store front in downtown Decatur.
In October 2000, AWCC was awarded a construction grant by the Department of Commerce. In June 2002, our agency moved into a new facility that doubled our capacity to twenty persons. At this time our services were expanded to include neighboring Wells County.
AWCC is a fully accredited member of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In addition, we are pleased to report that our program successfully passed it's third Peer Review by the Indiana Family Services Administration (FSSA) and the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) in July 2006.