In the wake of the notorious Simpson murder trial in 1995, the California Department of Health Services provided a start-up grant.
The first three salaried employees were hired in September of that year.
Together they established Project Respect, a program that thrives today, and is widely recognized for its leadership in the field of prevention.
On July 1, 2008, Mountain Crisis Services opened Valley Crisis Center, a sister agency created to fill a void in domestic violence and sexual assault services in Merced County.
They purchased a small shelter to protect endangered mothers and their children, and to keep the healthy parts of violence-torn families together until they could establish safe homes of their own.