Pepper's Fund is a Client Emergency Fund for Clients facing financial crisis. Your gift to Pepper’s Fund provides tangible support to victim/survivors of sexual assault when their need is greatest.
Sexual assault impacts every aspect of a person’s life and healing often requires substantial resources that many SAC clients do not have. While this looks different for every person, some examples are:
Loss of income due to missing time at work for court appearances, therapy, etc.
Job loss due to mental or physical health challenges resulting from assault
Inability to focus on healing due to lack of basic needs (especially for unhoused clients or those living in poverty)
Being unsafe at home if the perpetrator remains an ongoing threat
Difficulty finding and/or paying for childcare when attending therapy, court, etc.
Cost of medication to manage anxiety/depression following assault
Difficulty obtaining transportation to/from court, Clinic, therapy, etc.
And much more
Pepper’s Fund is accessed at the discretion of SAC Therapists on behalf of their Clients to offset these challenges. One Therapist summarizes its benefit here: "My clients are often folks who are already set up to fall through the cracks of social service systems, and before Pepper’s Fund was in place, I’d sometimes feel at a loss about how to help them when we were running into red tape, too-long waitlists, and missed windows of eligibility. I deeply appreciate that Pepper’s Fund puts trust in my clinical judgment and allows me to access funding for my clients with minimal barriers. Being able to offer a “yes” to my clients when they’ve been running into a system of frequent “noes” has contributed to my work feeling more emotionally sustainable.
- SAC Therapist