Victims Response Unit awarded grant and names Volunteer of the Year

Linda Howard was named the 2020 SLV Victim Response Unit Victim Advocate Volunteer of the Year. Howard (center) is pictured with Sheriff Robert Jackson and Victim Response Unit Director Reyna Martinez.

SAN LUIS VALLEY -- The San Luis Valley Victim Response Unit (SLVVRU) is pleased to announce they have been awarded a two-year Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant and a one-year Local Victim Assistance Law Enforcement (VALE) grant for the amount of $507,788.00. These funds will be utilized by the San Luis Valley Victim Response Unit and the five counties (Alamosa, Costilla, Conejos, Rio Grande, and Mineral) collaborating. This will assist with providing 24/7 year-round services to victims of crime that fall under 24-4.1-302.5, C.R.S.

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs Peace Office Mental Health Grant was awarded to the San Luis Valley Victim Response Unit. The grant funding was $83,000.00. for two-years. These funds will provide the much-needed resources, support, and services to law enforcement personnel of the Alamosa Sheriff’s Office, Alamosa Police Department, and Adams State University Police Department. SLVVRU hopes to expand this program in the future to serve all the law enforcement agencies within the San Luis Valley, so long as this grant is available.

Shield 10-78 is a resource available to first responders within the San Luis Valley. This project would not be possible without the amazing support and donations from the community, San Luis Valley Quilt Guild, and the Local Community Walmart Grant. This year the San Luis Valley Victim Response Unit was awarded $1,250.00 through the Local Community Walmart Grant, which will be applied towards services needed by first responders during long stressful critical 911 calls. In addition to this wonderful donation, the San Luis Valley Quilt Guild has donated a beautiful patriotic quilt that will be used for a raffle event. The quilt was made by Cynthia Moore and Charlene Davis and was presented to the SLV Victim Response Unit by Janet Davis and Leah Clark. These funds will be used during 911 Dispatch Week, Fallen Peace Officer Memorial Week, and EMS Week, to praise and thank them for serving their communities.

The San Luis Valley Victim Response Unit could not accomplish all the work and services it provides to victims without the support and dedication from their Victim Advocate Volunteers. This year SLVVRU would like to recognize Linda Howard as their 2020 SLV Victim Response Unit Victim Advocate Volunteer of the Year. Linda has been serving the community as a volunteer for more than 20 years by providing direct services to victims, responding to public assistance calls, and supporting the program when needed. She cannot be thanked enough for her commitment, service, and professionalism. We appreciate everything Linda does for the San Luis Valley Victim Response Unit and the community she serves.

The San Luis Valley Victim Response Unit is always looking for new Victim Advocate Volunteers within the six counties of the San Luis Valley. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and serving victims of crimes, please feel free to reach the SLV Victim Response Unit at 719-589-6608 for more information.

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