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Caring for Our Community: NOVA’s 50 Years of Supporting Crime Victims and Families

Get to know and support NOVA, Bucks County’s comprehensive crime victim services agency, and a beacon of hope and healing for the past 50 years.

Imagine a world where no one had to suffer the trauma of sexual assault or other devastating crimes. For the past 50 years, NOVA has been working tirelessly to make that vision a reality for those living and working in Bucks County.

As the county’s comprehensive crime victim services provider, NOVA provides free essential services to victims and survivors of sexual assault and other crimes. Just by picking up the phone, a person in crisis can access NOVA’s helpline and receive immediate, trauma-informed support, from medical care to legal advocacy and counseling. But NOVA’s reach extends far beyond direct client services.

Community-Wide Prevention and Education for Healthy Relationships

On a community level, NOVA’s prevention education efforts have been a steady presence in local schools, businesses, and faith communities. Through training and education programs, NOVA teaches critical skills for building healthy relationships, respecting boundaries, and thinking critically about issues of violence. This proactive approach aims to stop harm before it occurs, protecting the most vulnerable members of our communities.

The Children’s Advocacy Center: A Safe Haven for At-Risk Youth

In 2010, the organization opened the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), a nationally accredited resource providing specialized services in a safe, child-friendly environment. The CAC protects the interests of children by facilitating a coordinated, child-centered response to child abuse reports and by promoting the rights and needs of at-risk and abused children.

The NOVA Thrift Shop: Supporting the Mission Through Community Engagement

For local families looking to get involved, NOVA Thrift Shop offers a unique opportunity to support the organization’s life-changing work. If you’ve stopped by NOVA Thrift Shop on Route 313 in Perkasie, you know what a special place it is. To new visitors, it’s an unexpected treasure trove. To long-time customers and volunteers, it feels like home. Shopping, donating, and volunteering at NOVA Thrift Shop are all rewarding ways to support NOVA’s mission, supporting prevention efforts and making a real difference in the lives of survivors across Bucks County. And don’t miss out – NOVA Thrift Shop currently has a stunning collection of new or like-new wedding dresses generously donated by local bridal boutique, Le Bella Donna in Jenkintown! These exquisite gowns are now available for purchase at NOVA Thrift Shop.

50 Years of Serving Victims and Survivors in Bucks County

2024 marks NOVA’s 50th anniversary of serving victims and survivors of crime in Bucks County. Since its founding in 1974, NOVA has provided essential services at no cost to over 100,000 individuals. Additionally, the organization’s prevention education programs have reached hundreds of thousands of Bucks County residents – including almost 30,000 in the past fiscal year alone.

Celebrating 50 Years: NOVA’s Annual Gala and Silent Auction

Reflecting on the past five decades, NOVA’s partners and supporters describe the organization as a sought-after resource in the local community and beyond. To honor this milestone, NOVA is holding their annual gala, A Starlit Evening, on Friday, April 19th at Spring Mill Manor. There are a limited number of tickets left – call 215-343-6543 ext. 6611 for information about availability. Even if you are unable to attend the event, silent auction bidding is open to all – visit novabucks.org/auction to place your bids! Bidding closes at 7:30 p.m. on April 19th

Community Support Fuels NOVA’s Mission of Care and Prevention

NOVA has always envisioned a future where no one is victimized, but until that day comes, it will continue being an unmistakable voice against violence and a critical support system for survivors. The support of the community is vital to ensuring that NOVA is able to be there for all victims and survivors of crime, now and into the future.

Photos courtesy of NOVA. This Community Blog Post and its promotion were donated by Family Focus Media and the Bucks County Parent team in support of NOVA’s inclusive mission and their 50th Anniversary. Special thanks to NOVA volunteer, Lisa Braud for the personal invitation to get involved. <3

Founder & CEO, Family Focus Media | Creator for Main Line Parent, Philadelphia Family, & Bucks County Parent | @sarahbondffm | sarah@familyfocus.org.