Often, WRC is the first call for clients who are overwhelmed and unsure of their next steps. Through compassionate listening, our skilled advisors are able to connect them to the appropriate resources… whether that is a WRC program, or a program with one of our community partners.

We are thankful for being able to collaborate with other local nonprofits whose missions align with ours. As a nonprofit ourselves, we know firsthand how limited resources can be, which is why we’re so glad to have the opportunity to be a referral partner with a few wonderful organizations making a positive impact on our community.

In the past year alone, we were able to connect 147 of our clients to HOPE Family Services  (HOPE) and Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) through our referral program.

HOPE facilitates a support group each week in Manatee County called Evaluating Unhealthy Relationships. We’re happy to announce that we’ll be launching a similar support group for the Sarasota Center in the coming months.  

About HOPE

HOPE is a a not for profit founded in 1979. HOPE provides services to survivors of domestic violence and helps them stay safe, gain strength, and evaluate their options. According to their website, HOPE’s mission is to promote safety, strength and well being for those affected by domestic violence in Manatee County, Florida. They provide numerous services including:

  • 24 Hour Helpline
  • Emergency Safe Shelter
  • Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Children’s Program
  • Primary Prevention Program
  • Social Change
  • The Hope Chest

If you are in need of an emergency shelter, please call their 24-hour emergency helpline at (941) 755-6805 (V/TTY).


SPARCC is a non-profit agency that was formed in 1979 with a mission to stop domestic violence and sexual violence in our communities. They are the only state-certified center for domestic violence and sexual assault services for Sarasota and Desoto Counties. According to their website, SPARCC serves its clients through an outreach center in downtown Sarasota, satellite offices in Venice, North Port and Arcadia, a shelter operating 365 days a year, a 24-hour crisis helpline, counseling, hospital and courthouse accompaniment, legal services, support groups, empowerment programs and community education.

All of their resources are free and confidential. If a problem arises you can call their 24-hour crisis hotline at  (941) 365-1976.