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Who is ACCIS?
Audrain County Crisis Intervention Services (ACCIS) is a non-profit organization, located in Mexico, Missouri, which seeks to put an end to domestic and sexual violence. Founded in 1992, ACCIS provides vital services to Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Montgomery, Monroe and Randolph counties. Services include emergency shelter, support groups, one-on-one peer advocacy, court advocacy, crisis intervention, hospital and law enforcement accompaniment, and other essential services. All services are free and confidential.
ACCIS Mission Statement:
Educate; Empower; Serve!
ACCIS Vision Statement:
Work with our communities to end domestic and sexual violence.
In September of 1992, Audrain County Domestic Violence Shelter, led by Sarah Maxwell was formed. There was no shelter, but there was a passion to provide invaluable resources to women of Audrain County who were fleeing domestic violence. The first meeting was standing room only. The original goal was to provide a hotline for crisis calls and referrals, until more information could be gathered and a shelter could be opened. The original board members included: Kelly Lovekamp, Rev. Paul Gunter, Patty Leverett, Janice Erdel, Bonnie Hill, Mary Anderson, Sharon Brower and Sarah Maxwell.
Audrain County Crisis Intervention Services was incorporated on October 8, 1992. By November, a shelter was obtained and in 1997, the shelter was named “McCamey House” after Gloria McCamey. Gloria was a longtime volunteer and board member of ACCIS. “Bennett House”, a transitional housing unit, was founded in 2004 and named after volunteer and board member, Howard Bennett. In 2006, ACCIS became a dual program, addressing the needs of both domestic and sexual violence victims. Today, ACCIS has six full time staff and one part time staff, including the Executive Director, Residential Victims’ Advocate, Court Advocate, Child Victims’ Advocate, Equal Access Advocate and Sexual Assault Advocate. ACCIS still operates a shelter to provide safety to women and children fleeing from homes with domestic or sexual violence. ACCIS also offers assistance to non-residential domestic and sexual violence clients through the outreach office. In 2015 alone, ACCIS served 724 women, children and men. ACCIS also provided 2457 bed-nights to 86 clients, answered 405 hotline calls and facilitated 167 support groups. ACCIS also facilitated 42 trainings and community education presentations and was supported with over 3000 hours of volunteer services. ACCIS now reaches beyond the borders of Audrain County to provide assistance to Montgomery, Callaway, Randolph, Monroe and Boone Counties.