The Board of Directors for Randi's House of Angels is dedicated to helping all children of domestic violence and their loved ones who are exposed to and/or are victims of domestic violence. The Board is committed to making sure to protect the integrity of children and assuring an opportunity to grow up in a safe environment.
How it Began:
Randi's House of Angels was established in October 2011 by Nancy J. Chavez as a tribute to her daughter, Randi Trimble, who was brutally murdered by a hit man hired by her husband on January 10, 2003. Since her daughter's death, Nancy has been advocating for victims of domestic violence with the hope of creating an initiative for children who are also victims of domestic violence.
Nancy created Randi's House of Angels (RHOA), a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities, to fulfill her dream to help children and families who are exposed to and are victims of domestic violence. She established her credibility in the community by hosting over the past eight (8) years, Randi's Race: a 5K Run/Walk for Hope and Courage and raised over $240,000 to support the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties (DVSCP). It was always her hope to raise funds to support the local domestic violence shelter that continues to face major funding cuts and dedicate funds to provide 24-hour toll-free hotline as well as access to emergency shelter, legal advocacy and counseling for all victims experiencing acts of domestic violence. Nancy also successfully sponsored a three-day camp to provide support and empowerment to the children in 2010 and 2011.
The organization is supported by eleven key board members who have the expertise in law, marketing, accounting, sociology and child psychology, strategic planning and financial growth opportunities. The board continues to seek out resources and guidance in managing charitable funds and growing the assets of the organization.
Over the last year Randi's House of Angels has established itself as a highly visible service agency partnering with four comprehensive and domestic violence programs throughout central Pennsylvania including: YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, the YWCA of York, Domestic Violence Intervention of Lebanon County, and the Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry counties.
The services provided by Randi's House of Angels will include trauma informed services, both individual and group therapies to help traumatized children. RHOA will provide these therapies in each of the community partner programs for kids who have experienced domestic violence. A three-day summer camp will be offered to each of the community partner programs for children who have experienced domestic violence.
Domestic violence is a social, economic and heath concern. 2011 was one of central Pennsylvania's worst years for domestic violence homicides, recording eight (8) homicides in Harrisburg, compared to 16 in 2010. Domestic violence behaviors are learned through childhood observations of domestic violence.
Randi's House of Angels will help children, family members and survivors find ways to recognize how domestic violence impacts them. We pledge that any child that enters Randi's House of Angels will receive love and compassion to learn how to cope with domestic violence and live a better life.