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Meet Allison, our May Badass Woman!

This month’s Badass Women is Allison Dearing, the executive director of One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center in Birmingham, Alabama – a collaboration between the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, City of Birmingham, AL, Birmingham Police Department, the YWCA Central Alabama, and the Crisis Center, Inc. This is a much-needed community resource, and it was great to learn more about the services it provides.

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How did you get involved with your organization? How long have you been working with it?

For a long time, One Place has been a dream of many in Birmingham who are committed to enhanced services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. As someone working in the field of interpersonal violence prevention and response for almost 15 years, I’ve been at the table for those discussions in some capacity since 2011. However, in 2014, with renewed momentum and a firm commitment to collaborate from four partnering agencies, One Place became a reality with the launch of our pilot project operating one day per month. Since then, we have expanded our model to four days/week, incorporated as a non-profit, formed a Board of Directors, and hired staff. I came on board as Executive Director in April of this year.

Allison and one of our Badass Women from years past, Crisis Center director Meg McGlammery

Allison and one of our Badass Women from years past, Crisis Center director Meg McGlammery

What’s coming up next for your organization?

The United Way of Central Alabama donated property to One Place so that the collaborating agencies have a space that is our own! Renovations will be completed over the summer, with a grand opening celebration planned for early fall.

What’s your next personal creative project?  

I have an empty wall in my bedroom that will be a gallery wall displaying some of my favorite treasures by the end of summer!

Thank you Allison, for making Birmingham a better place!

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