Violence, crisis doesn't stop for COVID-19

At the heart of the CVIC’s mission is the health and well-being of children and adults experiencing violence. Never – in four decades of serving Grand Forks County – has this been more important than now. Yet, as our community and the world at large respond to an unfathomable pandemic, violence – and the crisis that consumes it – won’t stop for COVID-19. Neither will we.   

Your kindness may be doubled

Maintaining basic needs such as housing, utilities, transportation, daycare, and/or food are often the reason many clients return to abuse environments. Unfortunately, violence and its economic impacts don’t stop for a national pandemic. Thanks to longtime CVIC friends Pete and Mel Hoistad, however, there’s hope when it’s needed most. When you give $50 or more today for emergency needs, the Hoistads will match your gift dollar for dollar (until we reach $5,000 total in match gifts).

Make your gift here to help fund clients' emergency needs.

Or mail to :
211 S 4th St.
Grand Forks ND 58201
Please note "Emergency Needs" in memo line.

Urgent COVID needs include:

  • Gas cards
  • Grocery cards
  • TracFones
  • TracFone minutes
  • Activities for families in our shelter that may include: Board games, coloring books/colored pencils, DVD players and movies; outdoor items including chalk, jump ropes, balls, bubbles, and kits
  • Outdoor games for our shelter: corn hole, bocce ball, giant Jenga (not wood)
  • Newborn diapers

Please know that, for the safety and well-being of staff and clients, we are not accepting donations of used items at this time including used clothes, personal care items, stuffed animals or furniture. Gifts of any kind or dollar amount that are manufacturer packaged are greatly appreciated.

COVID-19 Operation Updates

CVIC is committed to continue supporting people impacted by interpersonal violence during this time. Access to our main building is restricted to staff only. Clients may call and conduct meetings via phone.  Our office is open from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Walk-ins can use the entryway phone to call in and speak with an on-site advocate or drop off donations. 

Our 24/7 crisis line continues to be available: 701-746-8900.

  • In-person survivor support groups are currently suspended
  • New Choices domestic violence intervention groups are meeting virtually; intakes via phone/video
  • Kids First  exchanges are currently suspended. Visitations will be done via video conference when possible. Call 701-787-5806 for updates.
  • Break the Silence tours are canceled through June

On-line support groups

Survivors of sexual violence:
Mondays at 3:30 p.m.  |  Fridays at 10 a.m.

Survivors of domestic violence:
Tuesdays at 2 p.m.  |  Fridays at 1 p.m.

Free, confidential chat room. Attend a meeting at this link.

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