Shannon Ford: Thanks Diane Moore for over 30 years of service to Advocates |

Shannon Ford: Thanks Diane Moore for over 30 years of service to Advocates

On behalf of the board of directors of Advocates Building Peaceful Communities and as current president of the board, I would like to thank Diane Moore for her decades of service to the organization she helped build. In 1983, Diane became the first executive director of the Advocates that provides services for victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, as well as education for local students.

When she started Advocates, Diane ran the victim services organization out of her kitchen, which doubled as the office. Over the years, Diane helped Advocates grow and expand its services based on the increasing needs for such services in Routt County.

Today, because of and through Diane's leadership, Advocates is able to provide not only services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault but also counseling and education to local students and community groups, workplace violence awareness programs, criminal justice advocacy, civil protection order assistance, supervised visitation services, a Latino outreach program and more.

In the past year, Advocates served over 300 new clients, including families that have been impacted by family violence, sexual assault and underage trafficking of sexual servitude. To do this, Advocates has staffed 24-hour crisis response lines, provided safe shelter for victims, given counseling services and more. None of this would have been possible without Diane.

Indeed, Diane’s efforts have been so great that she was recognized for the local Hazie Werner Award for Excellence in 2010, received the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault "Change Maker" award in 2014 and numerous other awards for her dedication to ending domestic violence throughout the years.

At the beginning of the year, Diane stepped down as executive director of Advocates, after dedicating 34 years of service to Advocates and its mission. Her dedication to the cause will not be forgotten and the organization hopes to honor this dedication by carrying on Diane's legacy through Advocates continued service to victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

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Advocates is currently searching for a new executive director, and any interested and qualified candidates are welcome to email a cover letter and resume to

The Advocates board and staff is working hard to find new people and ideas to further and strengthen their program. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This is a great time to honor sexual assault survivors, support those who have been impacted by sexual assault and support agencies such as Advocates. We hope that you stand with Advocates next month as we create awareness and provide education around sexual assault and other inappropriate sexual behavior.

Advocates thanks Diane for her years of dedicated service; without her, Advocates would not be where it is today. Thank you, Diane.

Shannon Ford

President of Advocates Building Peaceful Communities board of directors