Who we are and what we do
Partners for Stronger Communities is a nonprofit organization based in Bristol, VA. Since its start in 1973 until very recently, the organization has been known as the Bristol Crisis Center. Starting with the mission of helping alleviate regional problems such as drug abuse, alcoholism, family issues, mental health struggles, and other "general complications of a fast-paced modern world,” over time, the aim of the non-profit has varied.
This most recent and most significant rebranding of the organization seeks to get back to some of the broader isssues that its original founders were focused on addressing. Most recently, the Bristol Crisis Center has specialized in domestic violence and suicide prevention in the region. The mission of Partners for Stronger Communities is to continue addressing these specific crises, along with the many others that affect our region. For example, the organization not only will serve a person that has been sexually harassed or victimized, but will also work with community partners on combatting the larger systemic issues behind these problems.
The Center has long been a presence in the community that aspired to empower those who are marginalized and vulnerable. We will continue that work but with a new focus on the issues that press us hardest: racism, transphobia, gender-based violence, and systemic abuses of and failures of power. Partners for Stronger Communities partners with communities and organizations to provide the support, tools, and community education necessary to build equity and support thriving communities.