In 2016, Founder & Executive Director, Candace Cooledge worked with the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office to lead the charge to open the first Family Justice Center (FJC) serving Jefferson and Gilpin counties. In the four years Candace spent planning and developing the center, she garnered the support of more than 75 partner agencies that now come together to provide coordinated services for victims of violence. PorchLight opened our doors in February of 2021, and is one of only two Family Justice Center's in Colorado.
Challenges Faced by Victims
One of the greatest challenges faced by victims in the aftermath of crime is trying to find a new state of normal. They are often overwhelmed and confused. While many services are currently available for victims in our community, access to those services may require traveling to different offices or searching many websites. Victims may need to travel to multiple places to find the services they need. Issues with child care and transportation to these appointments may result in victims making a decision not to seek out the help they need. Often victims return to their abusers for financial support, housing, and child care.
“PorchLight makes it easier for victims to seek help, reduces the number of times a victim has to tell their story, and improves the accessibility of services and resources.”
- Candace Cooledge, Executive Director, PorchLight.
Family Violence is a Community Issue
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work. We celebrate the richness of diverse backgrounds, promote fairness and justice, and create an inclusive environment where every voice is heard and valued. We actively cultivate a diverse workforce, ensure accessible services, and adopt an intersectional approach to address unique challenges. Engaging with diverse communities, we strive to be culturally competent and collaborate with like-minded organizations. Our commitment is not just a statement; we provide resources and educational content to empower individuals and organizations to embrace these values. Join us in building a world free from violence and discrimination.
PorchLight is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate based on age, ethnicity, ancestry, gender, national origin, disability, race, size, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or any other status prohibited by applicable law.