Celebrating 35 Years: Our Legacy, Our Vision

Imagine a world without violence.  This lofty goal guided the founders of Family Services 35 years ago as they took bold, brave action to open the first domestic violence shelter in Tulare County, and it still guides us today.  While the goal is not yet realized, I am proud of the many ways it is within closer reach. 

With your support, Family Services works with more than 5,000 individuals every year as they heal from violence and abuse.  Until we fully bring about our vision of a violence-free world, the heart of Family Services’ work will always be coming alongside individuals and families as they take brave steps to transform from victim to survivor.  Day in and day out, we are here—and as a supporter of Family Services, you are here, too.

And while Family Services will always be here with direct services for victims, we are also working hard to prevent violence from happening in the first place.  It’s time to start getting there before it happens so we can prevent all of the related problems people experience as victims. 

One in four women experiences domestic violence at some point in her life.  This is unacceptable, and it’s up to all of us to change it.  Thank you for helping Family Services carry forward the work our founders started 35 years ago.  May this anniversary of our founding inspire us to work together with renewed urgency toward a world where violence doesn’t exist.

In Service,




Caity Meader, Chief Executive Officer

35 Years of Health, Hope, & Healing

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2018 Impact at a Glance

Our work is broad, but the common thread that ties together everything we do is safety.  We help people establish physical and emotional safety, so they can heal from violence and thrive in healthy relationships.  And when we have safe homes, safe relationships, and safe children, we have a safer community where everyone can thrive.

Safe Homes

Emergency shelter and transitional housing for domestic violence survivors and their children; supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals and families; all with wrap-around services and child advocacy.  Learn more.

  • Sheltered 77 adults and 98 children at Karen’s House, our emergency domestic violence shelter.
  • Answered 425 calls on the domestic violence hotline.
  • Provided 1,417 case management or counseling sessions for domestic violence survivors.
  • Housed an average of 97 people each month in supportive and transitional housing.


Safe Relationships

Affordable or no-cost counseling; comprehensive services for survivors of sexual assault, rape, human trafficking, and abuse in later life; and prevention and intervention projects that address root causes of violence to build a violence-free future. Learn more.

  • Advocates from the Rape Crisis Center were on call 24/7 to support survivors of sexual assault at 101 forensic exams.
  • Served a total of 300 survivors of sexual assault; 30% were children.
  • Responded to 204 drop-in visits from youth at Freedom House, our center for survivors and youth at risk for human trafficking.
  • Reached 14,876 people through community outreach and training.


Safe Children

No-cost counseling for children who have been exposed to violence or abuse; evidence based parenting programs designed to keep kids safe; supervised visitation services; and a resource center serving families in Goshen. Learn more.

  • Worked with a total of 851 parents in one of our parenting programs: 64% in community parenting classes, 22% through in-home parenting education, and 14% through parenting programs for inmates.
  • Spent an average of 555 hours per month supervising visits between children and non-custodial parents.
  • 341 children received counseling.
  • Served an average of 214 families per month at the Goshen Family Center.


Financial Statement

for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018

Family Services of Tulare County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Tax ID # 94-2897970.  Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Click here to view our audit for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.
Click here to view our Form 990 for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.
Click here to view a list of major public funders for 2018.
Click here to view our list of donors for calendar year 2018.

Support this Work

The work that supports children, adults, and families in Tulare County as they heal from violence is possible through the generous donations of caring community members like you.  With your help, Family Services can build safety in homes, in relationships, and for children.  Please consider a donation and help us create a safer community, where everyone can thrive.