Identifying the Need:
In early 1988, the outreach committee of Orange Park Presbyterian Church did some research to find the needs of women and children who were victims of Domestic Violence in their community. After finding that the closest shelter, Hubbard House, was located in Duval County, much too far from the residents of Clay County, they identified a critical need for a safe shelter.
After the need was identified, a Board of Directors was formed and Quigley House was incorporated on December 21, 1988. The name “Quigley House” was chosen in honor of Pansy Quigley who was well known for her volunteer efforts in Green Cove Springs. The mission of Quigley House was established as such, "to break the cycle of domestic abuse by providing crisis intervention, temporary shelter, protection, counseling, community education, and prevention programs".
The Board started extensive planning and fundraising and on Labor Day 1990, the 24-hour hotline began operating with 34 trained volunteer phone counselors.
Shortly thereafter, Quigley House was able to obtain a building for a shelter and after extensive renovation, the shelter opened its doors on March 21, 1991. The facility was expanded from 12 beds to 16 beds in 1995 through the addition of a mobile office unit on the grounds. Quigley House added paid evening and weekend staff in August 1991, and a part-time counselor in October 1991.
In 1994, Quigley House started a batterer's intervention program for men called "Alternatives." It is a 26-week educational program for batterers, with fees based on income. Quigley House's Alternatives program is the only state-certified batterer's intervention program in Clay County.
Quigley House began providing counseling and advocacy services to adult victims of sexual assault in January of 1998. These services include individual and group counseling, as well as 24-hour advocacy to assist victims of sexual assault. As sexual assault services had never before been provided in Clay County, Quigley House initiated the Sexual Assault Task Force to prevent service duplication and to establish policies of coordination with local law enforcement, emergency room personnel, and other professionals working with sexual assault victims.
Quigley House entered into a new venture in March 2000. In addition to providing safe shelter to enable domestic violence victims an opportunity to rebuild their lives, four apartments were purchased to provide low-cost, transitional housing to domestic violence victims who have made a commitment to leading violence-free lives. A dedicated Transitional Case Manager provides intensive case management services to assist these residents in areas such as budgeting, employability skills, parenting skills, etc.
The current facility was opened in August 1999, after a $1.8 million capital campaign to fund the construction. This new facility has the capacity to shelter 46 women and children!
Quigley House was the first ever recipient of the Reinhold Community Service Award for Outstanding Service to Clay County, and has been a runner-up in the Governor's Peace at Home Awards. Past members of our Board of Directors have been recognized through numerous awards for their contributions to Quigley House. Ann Kopelousos was a finalist in the Florida Times-Union EVE Awards in 1988 for her work on our $1.8 million Campaign to Build New Beginnings. Jerry Linder, President of the Vintage Group, was recognized with a Volunteer Jacksonville Gold Rule Award for providing construction management services throughout the planning and building of Quigley House's new, permanent facility. Linder was also recognized as one of WTLV's Twelve Who Care Honorees in 1999.
More recently, Quigley House was the winner of the Florida Council on Aging 2003 Quality Senior Living Award for Service to Seniors by an organization, and the recipient of the 2007 Paul E. Reinhold Community Service Award.
Peggy Payne received the Extraordinary Executive Director Award from the Reinhold Foundation in 2017 for her leadership as CEO.