Avalon: A Center for Women and Children
P.O. Box 6805
Williamsburg VA 23188-5230
Mission Statement Avalon Center works to end domestic and sexual violence by breaking the cycle of abuse through prevention, education, shelter and support services in the Ninth Judicial Circuit and surrounding areas. 
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CEO/Executive Director Teresa Christin
Board Chair Emily Rossiter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Regulatory Resources, Inc.
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 6805
Williamsburg , VA 231885230
Telephone 757 903-2257
Fax 757 258-9523
E-mail rachelw@avaloncenter.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1981
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $1,418,165.00
Projected Expenses $1,418,165.00
Mission Avalon Center works to end domestic and sexual violence by breaking the cycle of abuse through prevention, education, shelter and support services in the Ninth Judicial Circuit and surrounding areas. 

Avalon Center serves 1300 people and fields over 2,000 helpline calls in a year.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men experience physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime (NCDAV, 2015). Our impact helps break that cycle of abuse through research-based practices and trauma-informed care.

Our top accomplishments in the last year include launching our new program Avalon Youth Services (AYS) serving ages 7 to 17. AYS was recognized as an official program at the end of 2016 and before the end of 2017 had served over 900 clients.

Avalon Center recruited over 75 new volunteers in 2017 and opened a new location in Matthews to serve the Middle Peninsula of VA.

Our top goals for the current year are to establish community awareness of services in the new location. Provide walk-in service to any survivors in need through our Matthews Office. Offer full services to the Middle Peninsula including outreach and shelter programs. We plan to be capable of taking on 1000 new clients if necessary and recruit at least 80 new volunteers.

Avalon is dedicated to performing a community needs assessment in the new service area. In 2017 we served James City County, Williamsburg, York, Charles City, New Kent, and Poquoson. In 2018 Avalon will expand our services to include Matthews, Middlesex, Gloucester, King and Queen, and King William County.

Our top pressing need is to provide services to survivors in the Middle Peninsula. Our newly implemented program means counseling, legal advocacy, hospital accompaniment, and shelter are available for residents in Gloucester. We have a pressing need to generate community awareness so that citizens of this area know that Avalon is here and ready to help. Included in this goal of awareness requires the support of the community. 
Our team engages in on-going research of community assessments to determine the most beneficial programs in this area.  
In order to create awareness, engage with the community, complete a community assessment, offer full services, and establish within Matthews we need finances to fund our programs and bring on new staff to implement those services.  

In 1978, a study group of local women concerned about violence against women began a task force to study the issue and conduct a needs assessment. Avalon’s first service, the Helpline, began in 1980 and was answered in the basement of the local United Methodist Church.

Originally known as the Williamsburg Task Force on Battered Women the WTFBW was certified as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization in 1980.

Shelter was first provided through a series of safe homes in the community. 20 victims were served the first year. As the demand for services grew, a two-bedroom home off Ironbound Road was leased in 1983. One bedroom served as an office for administrative work and answering the Helpline. The shelter and Helpline were staffed primarily by volunteers and part-time staff. The WTFBW became a sexual assault crisis center in 1985.

In 1985 the current 5-acre site was purchased and the existing house became the four-bedroom, 16-bed shelter. An apartment in a converted garage became a one-bedroom transitional apartment. The rest of the space was used as administrative offices.

The name of the WTFBW was changed to Avalon: A Center for Women and Children in 1990.

As more services were provided and the existing shelter’s ability to provide safe, secure shelter lessened, the Board of Directors approved a plan to embark on a campaign to raise funds to build a new emergency shelter and six apartments. The Capital Campaign formally began in 1994. The first formal fundraiser was done by the area realtors.

Construction of the project began in March 1998.

An Outreach Office on Richmond Road was opened and financed by a grant from Bruton Parish Church. Shelter residents were moved to the newly constructed emergency shelter December 23, 1998. In February 1999, renovation of the administrative office was completed and the first family occupied one of the six apartments.

With a shelter and six extended-stay apartments in place and a busy community outreach office, Avalon serves as the resource for Greater Williamsburg and the Middle Peninsula of VA for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Gloucester County
King and Queen County
New Kent County
Charles City County
Middlesex County
Mathews County
Avalon Center serves the residents of James City County, Williamsburg, York, Charles City, New Kent, Poquoson.
Services have recently been extended to serve the Middle Peninsula of Gloucester, Matthews, Middlesex, King and Queen and King William Counties.Women and children in need of shelter from other localities are accepted if space is available. Populations from Hampton, Richmond, Norfolk, and VA Beach have been accepted in Avalon shelter if their abuser knows the location of the shelters in those areas. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Emily Rossiter
Company Affiliation Regulatory Resources, Inc.
Term Jan 2014 to Dec 2018
Email regulatoryresources82@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Robert Beall Sonabank
Lou Cale Coldwell Banker Traditions
Teresa Christin Avalon Center
Nickolas Coiner Towne Bank
Katina Evans-Gallien Dominion Energy
Leslye Givarz Retired
Joseph D Harrow Middle Peninsula Insurance
Erin Hogge JSG Corporation
Naomh M Hudson Esq.LeClairRyan, P. C
Susan Keilitz National Center for State Courts
Jacquelyn Liebler Revolution Golf and Grille
Rick Lodwick O. D.Williamsburg Eye Care
Lynn Pryor Mitre Corporation/Retired
T J Ptachick Davenport and Company LLC
Michael Rock Michael C. Rock Agency
Erna Rodgers Community Volunteer
Emily Rossiter Regulatory Resources, Inc.
Glenda Turner Busch Gardens
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 12
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 98
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Board Development / Board Orientation
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Teresa Christin
Former CEOs
Sarah Meacham -
Cathy Tavvarsso -
Senior Staff
Priscilla Caldwell Director of Development and Communications
Teresa Christin Executive Director
Juanita Graham Director of Outreach Services
Crystal Skeeter-Davis Director of Youth Services
Karen Smalls Director of Residental Services
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 35
Volunteers 300
Retention Rate 65
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2016
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Our top government grants are received through different federal programs such as the Office for Victims of Crime and the Violence Against Women Act. 
Our top partners include United Way of Greater Williamsburg and The Department of Social Services. We also collaborate on services so our clients can access clothing through FISH or Hands Across Matthews. Bruton Parish Church, along with other faith communities, contribute to Avalon through funds and their own sheltering programs.
We work with Colonial Behavioral Health, SCAAN, and the Lackey Clinic. Avalon works closely with the local police departments through the Lethality Assessment Protocol, in order to quicken response time in getting a survivor services. Avalon manages high risk cases and can immediately intervene with transportation and shelter when necessary. 

These collaborations and partnerships help us bridge any gaps we might have in our services. This could mean connecting a client with a rapid-rehousing program, setting up a client with SNAP benefits or TANF, or helping access mental health care through a medical facility. We ensure needs of our clients are met, with safety being our top priority.
Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance1985
External Assessments and Accreditations
Virginia Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Action Alliance1985

Avalon operates the only emergency shelter in the Greater Williamsburg and Middle Peninsula area. Though our primary mission is to serve those affected by domestic and sexual violence, we also serve those experiencing homelessness when space allows. Our shelter has 20 beds (in addition to cribs), and is a communal living environment with 4 bedrooms, shared kitchen, living room, and laundry facilities. Avalon staff work to ensure that all basic needs (food, clothing, limited transportation, resources) are met. All of our services, including shelter, are offered at no cost. Our shelter is only available to adult female survivors and their dependent children (both male and female up to the age of 18 and enrolled in school). When we receive requests for adult males in need of shelter, we assist them in working with other shelters or make arrangements to provide housing outside of the shelter.

Transitional Housing Avalon maintains six two-bedroom units, available to shelter residents who need additional support beyond their short-term shelter stay. Transitional housing residents sign a lease with Avalon, and pay a subsidized rent, which can last from several months to two years.

New Beginnings Avalon operates 4 bedroom apartment units specifically for high-risk populations. Survivors considered sex-trafficking, human-trafficking, or high lethality as referred by the police, are offered a private bedroom in a communal apartment unit. Buildings are equipped with high-security measures, residents are given an initial 90 stay and basic needs are covered.

Life Skills Classes Weekly workshops are offered for all clients residing at the shelter.

On-Site Services: Avalon Center ensures an advocate is available 24 hours a day. An adult counselor, a youth counselor, and a legal advocate are also on-site to provide services.

Population Served Victims
Short Term Success
Short-term success involves gathering a higher retention rate for Life Skills Workshops offered. Every program is voluntary, however, we would like to see a bigger turn out rate for classes. We hope by educating our population on why these classes are important along with offering new and interesting classes we can attract more clients to attend.  
Long Term Success Program long-term success is measured both on an individual level and an agency level. We empower residents in shelter so that they learn and retain the life skills necessary to become self-sufficient after the program ends. We tailor our services to the client for whatever needs they have and issues they need to overcome. Our program hopes to offer tools for success for each woman that comes through our doors. Tracking at a minimum of 70% of clients that enter into the program report becoming empowered through Avalon's resources. 

Individual and Group Counseling for adults:

Most of us know how important and helpful it can be to talk about your problems with an unbiased, supportive listener. This is way Avalon offers counseling for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, both past and present. Our counselors work with clients to: heal from past traumas, work towards a safe and self-sufficient future, provide a safe space to share experience, strength, and perspective with other survivors, and help with resources for those who want to help survivors in their lives.

Community members can make appointments through our Outreach Office. Here, we are able to serve adult men and women, as well as school-aged youth who work with a special children’s counselor. Additionally, we offer a support group for survivors of domestic violence, a group for youth, and we are working towards a support group for survivors of sexual assault. Avalon also offers both individual and group counseling to our emergency shelter and transitional housing residents. All counseling services through Avalon are provided at no cost.

Legal Advocacy:

Understanding and navigating the criminal justice system can be difficult under the best circumstances, but those experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking (especially when mixed with poverty) can face additional hardships. Avalon has two legal advocates, one to work with community members and another to work with residential (emergency shelter and transitional housing) clients. Legal advocates work to share critical legal information, support and assist survivors navigating the legal system, assist with safety planning, help form connections with local legal clinics, accompany survivors to court proceedings, and attend court to introduce Avalon’s services to those with interpersonal violence cases.

Community Outreach:

Education and awareness are some of the main keys to breaking the cycles of abuse and violence. Avalon offers customized presentations and workshops on domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. We are happy to speak to varieties of groups, from civic organizations, religious groups, educational organizations, and more. This allows the community to gain a better understanding of the different options people have, and they can become supporters and advocates for others in their lives.

Population Served At-Risk Populations

Avalon’s Youth Services (AYS) program offers supervised visitation and custody exchange, counseling, workshops and advocacy for children and youth who are victims or witnesses of crimes or who have experienced trauma.

Services are provided by appointment for families that complete the orientation and sign the participant and release of information agreement. All services are provided at no cost to families, and availability is based on program capacity. Counseling services are designed to assist children increase self-awareness, enhance coping skills, and improve relationships and their general quality of life. Custody and visitation services are initiated by completing a referral form and screening with AYS.

Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)

Hospital Accompaniment (HA) is an emergency companion service program for people who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. There is an Avalon advocate on call 24hours a day year-round- ready to meet a survivor at the hospital. 

Upon request of hospital staff, trained Hospital Accompaniment Volunteers (HAV) respond to the local hospital.

Once there, the HAV meets with the survivors to provide supportive services such as counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, and resource/referral information.

When a survivor arrives to the hospital after a traumatic incident, usually the survivor is left alone in the emergency room until a specially trained forensic nurse arrives.

A hospital accompaniment advocate helps support survivors and answer questions and concern. This is the necessary link between the survivor and the medical staff, making sure that the survivor understands their rights.

The advocate helps play a crucial and pivotal role in helping the survivor through the intensive medical exams and coping with the stress they are experiencing.

Population Served Victims
Short Term Success Short-term success for hospital accompaniment includes promoting awareness of domestic and sexual violence issues and prevention, as well as education on Avalon services. The Hospital Accompaniment Coordinator gives regular training and information sessions within the communities we serve. By the end of 2018, we believe 95% of community members attending these orientations will report on understanding the material and being more aware of domestic and sexual violence in terms of how it impacts people and what Avalon does to help. 
Long Term Success

Avalon has always responded to hospital calls; however, the program was officially launched in April of 2016 

For each survivor that was admitted to the hospital, Avalon was called and an advocate was sent out. In 2016 our advocates responded to 12 calls- the call includes the advocate being with the survivor in the hospital. 2017 we responded to 14 calls, and as of 2018, we have received 1 call. The hope is that we do not have any calls because we want less people to be victimized by domestic or sexual abuse. However, with each incident where an advocate is called out, there is a follow-up with the survivor.  
Program long-term success includes survivors receiving further services or connection with other agencies to improve emotional, physical, or psychological healing.
Our goal is to tailor our services to each survivor so they are receiving what they need to heal. Providing counseling, case management, legal advocacy, or shelter. 
Avalon will continue to respond to 100% of the hospital accompaniment calls received.  

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,418,165.00
Projected Expenses $1,418,165.00
Endowment Value $11,000.00
Form 990s
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$870,945$547,317$538,732
Individual Contributions$218,086$219,294$231,618
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$35,204$20,667$14,346
Revenue In-Kind$84,870$115,920$717,177
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,208,141$981,069$942,826
Administration Expense$166,652$126,514$121,192
Fundraising Expense$82,564$37,883$37,459
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.910.921.52
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%4%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,454,526$1,311,350$1,393,562
Current Assets$341,538$177,100$214,069
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$1,426
Current Liabilities$335,696$68,131$57,942
Total Net Assets$1,118,830$1,243,219$1,334,194
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.022.603.69
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 5/2018View