Julian Center reopening counseling facility

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

The Julian Center is reopening the counseling facility it closed last year in the wake of a budget shortfall, ultimately concluding that it’s a valuable extension of services for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Now dubbed the Sara and Albert Reuben Empowerment and Counseling Center— “empowerment” was added during the downtime—the facility at 2011 N. Meridian St. will allow the state’s largest domestic violence shelter to offer clients more individualized attention, said CEO Catherine O’Connor.

“These services are available, but they’re scattered around,” said O’Connor, who was hired in February. “Hopefully it will all get us to the end game: stopping the cycle of violence.”

The Reuben Center will provide a single location for clients to access case managers, counselors, legal services—including a protective order clinic beginning next month—plus assorted self-sufficiency programs. They’ll be guided through the options by their own personal advocates.

O’Connor also is hoping the center serves as a collaboration hub, drawing other service providers. Sharing resources could result in efficiencies, she said, and might help make the business case for such mission-based programs.

Officials expect the Reuben Center to cost about $1.1 million per year to operate—about a quarter of the organization’s annual budget. Julian Center has applied for grants to cover almost 60 percent of the expense, but O’Connor said public support will be crucial.

“This is a recommitment to that work, a realization of how important it is,” she said. “But it’s very important for folks to know this doesn’t operate on goodwill. It will continue to be critical for the community to buy into our work.”

The demand is clear: Julian Center’s emergency shelter has been operating at or above capacity since last July. More than 6,150 women and children received services last year.

The counseling center had about 179 clients on the books before its October closure; only about 20 were also receiving emergency shelter or transitional housing assistance. Last month, Julian Center provided counseling services to 98 individuals in its housing programs.

An annual audit is still in the works, but preliminary results show Julian Center’s revenue fell short of expenses by about $100,000 in 2013. O’Connor acknowledged the counseling center closure likely did not help fundraising efforts.

“Our budget is very lean,” she said.


Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
thisissue1-092914.jpg 092914

Subscribe to IBJ
  1. On my rental property, before tax caps, I was paying $2,000/yr in property taxes. After the tax caps I'm paying $4,000/yr. How exactly am I "benefiting the most"?

  2. Nick, I too tried that new Walmart NM on Michigan a couple of weeks ago. I had the same feeling, it had good prices, but something was just off about it. I can't put my finger on what it is, but it just didn't feel right. On the plus side, it was easy to get in and out of and much less busy than a typical Walmart.

  3. @Young Hoosier - you might want to check out the Paris skyline again....it's decidedly taller than 7-8 stories http://all-that-is-interesting.com/paris-skyline-photo

  4. Are you in need of Loan or financial help?, you need a loan for your business or to solve other monetary issues. James Lewis Loan Company started offering loans with a very low interest rate of 3% for a minimum of 15 years, Interested applicants should submit their request via email (jameslewisloan@gmail.com) for immediate processing with the information listed below: Names in full:................ Address:...................... Gender:.................... Email:........................ Phone Number:....... Amount Required:... Loan Duration:....... Country:................. Occupation:.................. ================================== In acknowledgment to these details, I will send you a well calculated Terms and Conditions for the amount you require. Warm Regards, Mr James Lewis

  5. So the GOP legislature passed a bill that gave big breaks to business at the expense of Indiana families. Color us not surprised.