For nearly fifty years, Middle Way House has been providing services to people in crisis. Today, Middle Way House provides empowering services such as emergency shelter; a 24-hour help and crisis line; on-scene advocacy; support services; and transitional and permanent housing solutions to support survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Middle Way House also touches the lives of community members through its education and prevention programs. The agency serves six counties throughout south-central Indiana.
In February of 2019, the board of directors of Middle Way House announced updates to the agency’s organizational statements which reaffirm the agency’s client-centered empowerment model. Together, these statements create a vision which position the agency to meet the current and evolving needs of all survivors-including those from vulnerable populations and marginalized communities.
In the summer of 2020 the board initiated a special focus on racial justice both within the board and with staff to ensure the practice of equity and inclusion throughout every aspect of the agency which included adding a new core value which is listed below. The board also voted to endorse the commitment of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence as described in their recent statement against discrimination and
To end domestic and sexual violence in the lives of all people.
Middle Way House works to support all survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking; and to educate the community through outreach and prevention programs.
The following core values are central to our organizational structure:
- Always be in alignment to the mission;
- Be accountable to ourselves, each other, the organization, and the community;
- Exhibit non-violence in all our behaviors and actions;
- Practice equity and inclusion at all times;
- Behave compassionately in all our encounters;
- Respect and maintain confidentiality;
- Be ethical in all transactions.
Our clients are at the center of all that we do. By centering the client, we acknowledge our work is for them and affirm that they will be treated with dignity and respect as they receive comprehensive, trauma-informed, and culturally-inclusive services based on their self-identified needs and/or desired course of action.
- To work to end incidents of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking;
- To implement and sustain meaningful alternatives to living with domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking;
- To meet the specific housing, employment and service needs of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking and their children;
- To increase the likelihood that survivors will overcome whatever negative consequences have impacted them and go on to experience success at home, in school and in the wider community;
- To offer a comprehensive range of services responsive to individual needs and differences;
- To improve the response of community agencies and institutions when survivors and children report domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking and seek remedies for violence, and prepare to move on with their lives;
- To advocate for the transformation of social structures so that they lead to empowerment;
- To network with and provide training to other professionals likely to interact with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking;
- To reach out, using a variety of media, to the general public to raise awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking and provide information about the cycle of violence and available remedies, and encourage sensitive and appropriate responses to victims and survivors;
- To present programming designed to enhance peoples’ capacity to engage constructively with others, solve problems and resolve conflicts without violence or the imposition of power and control, and establish and maintain intimate relationships based on equality;
- To solicit, receive and use for the purposes set forth herein donations or grants of money, property, or services from an individual or group, corporate entity, foundation, or agency whether public or private;
- To transact any and all lawful business for which nonprofit corporations, or their subsidiaries, may be incorporated.
- Clarify staff roles, responsibilities and evaluation;
- Review, update, or create board governance documents;
- Become a model employer;
- Develop a board education plan.
- Ensure that continuing and new programs are mission driven;
- Create methodical evaluation process and systems to measure success and impact;
- Review, update or create written plans for partnerships with community and partners that align with Middle Way House’s mission.
- Ensure a budget that supports organizational and programmatic goals;
- Revise fund development goals, principles, and policies and increase external revenues;
- Create a 12-month calendar for all external constituency activities;
- Design a capital improvement plan;
- Define Middle Way House brand and image expectations.
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