Family Crisis Services Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc.

Founded in October, 1992 as a Non-Profit Organization

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Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc.
Principles, Values, Mission, and Philosophy

Founding Principles

Family Crisis Services of NW MS, Inc. is founded on a set of beliefs which guide our decision making process and direction. It includes the following principles:

Considering these principles, the goals of Family Crisis Servicies of NW MS, Inc. are:

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Family Crisis Services of NW MS, Inc. believes that violence is a traumatic intrusion into the lives of human beings. We also believe sexual assault is an act of violence and aggression, not one of sexual gratification. While some forms of sexual assault are not obviously violent, they nevertheless involve force, coercion, or manipulation of the victim by the offender. Under these circumstances, the victim is forced to give up some control over her/his life. Victims can be anyone and regardless of the circumstances of the assault(s), they are never to blame. Family Crisis Services believes it is important for survivors of all types violence to regain control of their lives. The agency will seed to empower them to make their own decisions through the recovery process. This includes such decisions as reporting to the police, seeking medical treatment and counseling.

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(Adopted November 11, 1992, Revised August 18, 1999)

ARTICLE I: Name and Headquarters

The name of this corporation is the Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc. It is a non-share, non-profit corporation formed under laws of the State of Mississippi. The principal mailing address of the corporation in the State of Mississippi shall be P.O. Box 1698, Oxford, Mississippi or at some other office, either within or without the State of Mississippi, as the Board of Directors may designate or as the business of the corporation may require form time to time.

ARTICLE II: Statement of Purpose

The purpose of the Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc. is to provide support, counseling, referral, and information to victims of violence and to significant other in the victims' lives. Serving as the catalyst through which legal, medical, governmental, and community-based agencies can coordinate and integrate their complementary services, the Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi provides information to the community concerning violence and related issues.

ARTICLE III: Board of Directors

SECTION 1. Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi shall be governed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives or liaisons from as many of the following agencies as possible: Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, Communicare Mental Health Center, Department of Human Services, District Attorney's Office, Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi Bar Association, Oxford Police Department, University of Mississippi, and three representatives form the membership of the corporation. The Executive Director shall nominate potential representatives for terms renewable every two years on a staggered basis. From these nominees a representative who is sensitive to the issues of violence shall be chosen by a majority vote of the board in June of each year. Members of the Board of Directors may designate substitute delegates to represent them at meetings they are unable to attend. These representatives will have voting privileges. The number and agency designation of directors may be fixed from time to time by resolution of the Board. Volunteer members shall elect three representatives form among their number in June of every year. Whether doing volunteer work or not, each member of the Board of Directors is required to complete a session of Volunteer Training within the first year of service on the Board. Staff members hired by Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi shall serve as ex-official members of the Board.

SECTION 2. The Board of Directors shall meet at least once every quarter for the purpose of: 1) electing officers of the corporation, and 2) for the transaction of such other business as may come before the meeting. Special meetings may be called by the Executive Director or by a consensus of five (5) board members. Notice of the special meeting must be provided to each member of the Board no later than seven (7) days before the meeting.

SECTION 3. A quorum for the transaction of business at any regular or special meeting of the Board shall consist of at least half of the directors. A majority of such quorum shall decide any questions that may properly come before the meeting.

SECTION 4. The Board of Directors shall employ such staff as necessary to execute the purposes of the corporation.

SECTION 5. The Board of Directors may authorize any officer or officers to enter into any contract or application. All checks, drafts, or other orders for the payment of money or evidence of indebtedness issued in the name of the corporation shall be signed by such officer or officers as the Board of Directors shall authorize by resolution.

ARTICLE IV: Officers

The officers of the corporation shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer, to be elected by the Board of Directors from among their number at the first Board of Directors' meeting following the periodic designation of Board members.

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