In 1989, with funding from the New York State Department of Social Services, VIP split from EHCHS and opened its first office in Manhattan. Its non-residential program was formally established, and services expanded to include a bilingual hotline, counseling, and advocacy work.
As our residential services grew, so did programming. Funding from the Department of Youth & Community Development allowed VIP to expand its non-residential programs to locations in Queens and the Bronx. Our continuum of care now included crime victim, economic empowerment, and community education and outreach services. Former clients also became involved in providing services to fellow survivors when the Promotora (community health advocate) program opened in 2009.