The Community Referral Agency, Inc. is proud to be a non-profit agency in its 40th year of service to survivors of domestic violence and their children and to survivors of sexual violence. Our multi-county agency serves primarily Polk, Burnett and Barron Counties in Wisconsin.
All survivors are of great importance to CRA. It is our mission to end violence and lift up those who have suffered as a result of family and/or sexual violence. To that end, CRA works to empower those who have endured the trauma of domestic violence, sexual violence, teen dating violence and stalking. All of CRA’s programs are designed and implemented with the goal of helping survivors heal and also empowering them to lead healthy and productive lives.
IN 2018, CRA PROVIDED 5,819 BED NIGHTS OF SHELTER AND PROVIDED SERVICES FOR 137 CHILDREN AND FOR 352 ADULTS. CRA ALSO PROVIDED 17,457 MEALS TO SHELTER RESIDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
Of special significance are the protective parents and children who come to us for shelter and services or for outreach services. Assisting these families to learn how to work together and retain their sense of family while struggling to overcome trauma is of prime concern to our agency. CRA’s team of professional advocates work with families to coordinate services including schools, mental health therapy and other vital services to help these families move forward.
At the core of CRA’s mission is the desire to provide a safe and violence free temporary shelter for victims.
The 24-hour crisis line and information and referral service remains a vital service to our constituency. These calls are answered 24/7. In addition to the shelter, crisis and information and referral services, CRA also has support groups for shelter and outreach clients, provides life skills needs assessment, money management, assistance with job searches and with apartment searches. CRA provides transportation for clients to look for apartments as well as job interviews. This transportation is needed as many clients have no transportation and there is no mass transit in our counties.
Download the detailed 2016 CRA Annual Report for more details.