Strengthening Partnerships for Safer Families: ACP and the Judy Centers
On February 18, 2020, Anne Hoyer, Director of the Maryland Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program, met with Amy Beal, Executive Director of the Judith P. Hoyer Center Early Learning Hubs known as "The Judy Center" and the 11 Program Coordinators from each Judy Center in Baltimore City. While Anne works tirelessly to expand and strengthen collaboration between the ACP and communities throughout Maryland, this partnership is particularly poignant as it connects Anne's professional efforts to her mother's legacy. Anne is the daughter of the late Judy Hoyer who founded an early learning hub- the precursor to the Judy Centers- a few years before her death. Aligning with Ms. Hoyer's vision and based on her model, the Judy Centers promote early childhood education and school readiness. They offer other services to educate and empower those in their community. Because they feel safe and supported at the Judy Centers, individuals sometimes disclose a need for help to flee an abusive situation. The ACP is working with the Judy Centers to train staff to identify these victims of domestic violence and assist with their application to the Safe at Home Program. Together, the Judy Centers and the ACP are making great strides towards creating a brighter, safer future for Maryland's families.
Who are Application Assistants?
Application Assistants are domestic violence professionals who are trained about the Maryland Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program (ACP). They
- are knowledgeable about the Maryland's ACP law and regulations;
- can determine if the ACP should be a part of a client's overall safety plan;
- can explain ACP services and a participant's responsibilities;
- can assist a client in completing and filing application materials; and
- are able to offer referrals to other services.
Application Assistants help to educate their clients on the benefits, drawbacks, and responsibilities which they will have by becoming a participant in the ACP Program. These professionals can advise clients on how the ACP Program can contribute to the individual's safety plan. And Application Assistants can help their clients complete the application form.
Click here to find the location of trained Application Assistants.
Resources for Application Assistants
(while under construction, call the ACP Program Office for assistance at 410-260-3875 or
email Safe At Home)
Want to become an Application Assistant?
Call our office to schedule a training to become an Application Assistant. We can train individuals or groups. Training takes about one hour and we will come to your office. Phone us at 410-260-3875 to schedule a convenient time.
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