Willow Domestic Violence Center has merged with RESOLVE of Greater Rochester Inc. to expand staff clinical expertise and mental health services within Willow. A longtime collaborator with Willow, RESOLVE’s experience providing therapeutic support since 1998 will complement the continuum of services that Willow has provided to survivors of domestic abuse for more than four decades.
Willow is the only state-certified provider of residential and non-residential domestic violence services in Monroe County and is known as the hub and the resource for those experiencing domestic violence and intimate partner violence in the Finger Lakes region. Willow provides free and confidential services including a 24/7 hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, legal services, court accompaniment, mobile advocacy, prevention education and training.
“Survivors often face challenges on their journey to safety and their needs are unique and varied, especially with increased demand while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Willow President and CEO Meaghan de Chateauvieux in a statement. “This merger is a strategic partnership to ensure Willow’s community response continues to be agile, seamless and comprehensive while honoring the legacy and expertise of RESOLVE.”
The merger will seek to reduce the impact of trauma and strengthen the resilience of survivors.
“Our coming together will create a seamless survivor experience for those in the midst of a crisis and those further along in their healing journey,” said Mary Whittier, interim CEO for RESOLVE.
All RESOLVE team members have been offered positions within the Willow staffing infrastructure, including counseling, prevention and administrative support. Willow will assume RESOLVE’s current eastside counseling space in Penfield, adding to Willow’s central urban locations.
RESOLVE board member and treasurer Kristin Hughes will serve as a Willow board member. Whittier will serve as a consultant during the transition of the RESOLVE team through Aug. 1.
The partnership was made possible by the United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. Synergy Fund, which lends technical assistance and reorganizational support for nonprofit mergers and strategic affiliations.
“This is an example of the power of United Way’s Synergy Fund to support nonprofits in finding alignment and exploring opportunities to strengthen services and fulfill their core mission,” said United Way President and CEO Jaime Saunders. “This affiliation of Willow Domestic Violence Center and RESOLVE builds on the strengths of each organization to best serve survivors of intimate partner violence by providing a full continuum of services and support that empowers survivors and provides much-needed safety.”
The merger is the second time Willow has taken advantage of the Synergy Fund, following the creation of Deaf IGNITE at Willow last August, which integrated specialized services for deaf survivors under Willow’s umbrella of programs.
Willow was founded in 1979, while RESOLVE was founded in 1998.