Traumatic Grief and a Crisis Response Need Identified
Survivor Resources was established at the request of Lieutenant Joe Corcoran, a retired Commander of the St. Paul Police Homicide Unit. Initially founded as the Victim Intervention Project, Inc. (VIPI), Survivor Resources was created as a result of the fact that families of homicide victims did not receive adequate help until their case was charged. In the instance that the case was never charged, some families never received help. The Twin Cities needed more support in these instances so, Corcoran consulted with Margaret McAbee from Family Service, Inc. and a collaboration of efforts was formed that included the participation of:
- The St. Paul Police Department
- The St. Paul Police Chaplains
- The St. Paul Area Council of Churches
- Parents of Murdered Children
- Family Service, Inc.
- Ramsey County Sheriff
- The St. Paul Interdenominational Black Ministerial Alliance
- The Ramsey County Attorney Office Victim Witness Division
- The Suburban Police Chaplains Corp
With assistance from Family Service, Inc., plus additional funding from the United Way and the Emma B. Howe Memorial Foundation, the project made its official debut in May of 1995. A board of directors was established, McAbee was hired, and volunteers were trained. In 1997, VIPI became an independent non-profit organization. In its first year alone, 428 individuals were assisted.
Later, the Minneapolis Homicide Unit requested that services be offered in Minneapolis in addition to St. Paul. In 2007, the organization was readily on hand to provide crisis response to both survivors and families of victims of the I-35 bridge collapse incident. After 10 years serving the Twin Cities, a rebranding initiative renamed the Victim Intervention Project, Inc. to “Survivor Resources.”
Survivor Resources Today
Since its inception, Survivor Resources has served tens of thousands of clients. It has expanded its dedication in helping families not only affected by homicide, but other violent and unexpected incidents as well. This includes suicide, accident and overdose death.
Survivor Resources proudly offers ten different weekly support groups some virtual and some in person at four locations throughout the Twin Cities (North St. Paul, St. Louis Park, Apple Valley, and Forest Lake). Survivor Resources serves clients of all ages and offers transportation services and translation services to their non-English speaking clients.