Thursday, August 27

va: ideas + research

Rose Brooks 

Rose Brooks is a safe place.  It provides immediate and safe housing to families escaping violent homes. It’s an emergency shelter that offers women an opportunity to rest, repair, and reconnect with themselves and their children in a safe and supportive environment. More than 800 children and woman find safety at Rose Brooks Center a year. Rose Brooks give special attention to children to teens because a child who witnesses violence is four times more likely to be violent or a victim of violence as an adult. Rose Brooks is also one of the only shelters that also accept pets. They have an animal shelter to ensure that all members of the family escape the abusive home.

Although I have done some volunteering at Rose Brooks, it’s hard to identify what  “problems” this company has without more interaction. But I can imagine that there could be improves made. Possibly nicely designed encouraging posters for the halls of the building or an addition to their security system to insure safety of the residents. I’m not sure what technologies are in place, so I would have to learn these things in order to come up with solutions.


Unbound is an international nonprofit that works side by side with people in 20 different countries, bringing people together to challenge poverty in new and innovative ways. They provide personal attention and direct benefits to children, youth, aging and their families so they may live with dignity, achieve their desired potential and participate fully in society.  It seems like this company already has a pretty functional online system, where they have a sponsor and an account and everything. But there is a local location, so I would be interested to find out how they run things and what if any holes they have in their system.

LM Alcott Art Center Foundation

The Alcott Arts Center started as an effort to save a neighborhood school from becoming a minimum-security prison in 1999. At the time the area was troubled with old abandoned truck stop buildings across the street from our school building and a less than desirable motel that rented rooms by the hour.  After a battle for the building, this group of people joined in and organized a fact finding committee to make sure that what ever was in the school would be something positive and that it would benefit a large variety of people bringing opportunities to the local KCK area, as well as preserve the wonderful old building. It became an Art Center. Alcott is a regional Arts Organization with interaction with Artists, Actors, teachers and sponsors from all over the area and country.  It has been operated and run by unpaid / volunteer staff all of the thirteen years in service with over 40,500 hours donated to this organization.

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