The Alliance Against Domestic Abuse (AADA) was founded in 1982 by a group of concerned local citizens. Today the agency is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with three paid staff members and a 9 member Board of Directors. AADA is funded by Federal, State and foundation grants, local agencies, fundraisers and private donations.
AADA provides advocacy to adult and child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Chaffee and Western Fremont Counties. All advocacy services are confidential, free of charge and include the following:
- Short-Term, Emergency Safe Housing
- Emergency Financial Assistance
- Peer Counseling
- Youth Program
- Resources and Referrals
- Weekly Support Groups for Women and Children
- Court Advocacy and Court Watch
- 24-Hour Crisis Pager
- Educational Outreach Program
Victims living in rural communities face additional barriers when attempting to leave an abusive relationship. Lack of resources, lack of anonymity, isolation, and social stigmas are all factors that make leaving difficult. In addition, victims are at a much higher risk of being hurt or killed when they decide to leave an abusive relationship. Support services and access to resources are crucial.
AADA started the Crest Crank in 1998 and has led mountain bikers on the Monarch Crest Trail every year since then. The Monarch Crest Crank raises vital funds for AADA’s work in Chaffee County.
To read a story from one of our clients, please download a copy of her story below. It’s important to be able to put a face to the sometimes behind-the-scenes work that AADA does in our communities. All the money raised through the Monarch Crest Crank event goes directly to work like this. Thank you for your interest.