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In June 1999, Founder Gene Grounds envisioned a faith-based organization to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of victims of crime during a Criminal Justice Conference in Austin, Texas.
Extensive work is being done to rehabilitate criminals and to assist their families, but little assistance was available to the victims of crime and their families.
Grounds recognized that building close relationships among local law enforcement, social service agencies and the faith community was necessary for such a vision to be successful.
After meeting with the Dallas, Texas police chief they agreed to conduct a pilot program in the Southwest District of the Dallas Police Department.
By October 1999, leadership from over 50 agencies and 100 churches were committed to the victim relief efforts, as well as a large contingency from the Dallas Police Department.
In May 2000, Victim Relief was incorporated, and the Dallas pilot program began with a mission to mobilize the faith community to partner with law enforcement agencies, victim service organizations and homeland security to deliver appropriate physical, emotional, and spiritual support to victims of crime, disaster and terrorism.