Mission, Vision & Values

Our Mission

Preventing Violence. Promoting Safety. Building Hope.


Our Vision

We envision a community where all people (women, men and children) are safe, respected and free.

Ours will be a community in which no human being will be harmed by violence or live in fear, but will be supported by community members who stand together for justice and contribute their ideas, talents and resources to end violence once and for all.

Our Values

Our values are the foundation of our organization, defining who we are and how we live.

Honesty and Integrity

These fundamental principles are woven into the fabric of our organization, guiding all of our decisions and actions.  We are trustworthy, transparent and committed to following through with what we say we will do.  We strive to act in the best interests of our clients, staff, volunteers, supporters and community as a whole.


We hold a deep respect for all individuals, which we believe is intrinsic to achieving our vision of a safe community. True respect involves listening, and so we listen actively to those we serve, to each other as staff members and leaders, and to our volunteers, supporters and community at large. We value the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, talents and strengths of those with whom we interact, and we strive to uphold the dignity of all human beings. 

Service to Others

We are committed in mind and spirit to serving our clients with compassion, sensitivity, optimism and professionalism.  We are creative in our approach, providing dynamic services that meet the changing needs of our community and that promote safety, well-being and an end to violence.


We believe our potential is endless when we work together. This includes staff coming alongside clients to empower them to attain their own goals, staff supporting each other in carrying out our mission, and staff, board, volunteers and community members focusing our available resources toward making our community safe. We collectively learn from our mistakes, remain responsive to change and provide united leadership to change our community’s future.


We are committed to open, honest and respectful communication with our clients, staff, volunteers, supporters and community. We seek and listen to the advice and feedback of others, and fully disclose relevant information about our financial and programmatic operations. Through lively and engaged dialogue, we enhance understanding and commitment toward attaining our vision.

Greater Grand Forks will be the best Midwest community in which to live, learn, work and play
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