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A Domestic Violence Victim Support Organization


We Empower Individuals and Their Children 

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One of the primary strengths of Single Parents Rock is to help victims, usually mothers, usually Black, leave the place where they are being abused. This takes great courage for the women to come to a place of wanting to leave, and then almost overwhelming planning to actually walk out, especially without independent transportation or a place to go. We provide not only transportation and temporary lodging, but we lend them our courage so they can actually reach a safe space.

Since 2019, Single Parents Rock, Inc, has been active in Dayton, Ohio, helping domestic violence victims leave, find safety, and move forward with their lives.

Our Founder

Denise Henton is a dedicated advocate, visionary leader, and the driving force behind Single Parents Rock. Her unwavering passion and personal journey have fueled her mission to provide essential support and resources to women and their children fleeing abusive domestic situations.


Denise's remarkable journey to this leadership role was shaped by her own experiences and the profound lessons she learned along the way. As a single mother herself, she discovered the strength in vulnerability and the importance of reaching out for help when needed. This realization, born from her own journey of single motherhood, inspired Denise to create a safe haven for others facing similar challenges.

However, Denise's connection to the cause runs even deeper. She grew up in a household marred by alcoholism and physical abuse, watching her mother transition from being a victim to becoming a survivor of domestic violence. This firsthand exposure to the transformative power of resilience and support left an indelible mark on Denise's heart, motivating her to channel her experiences into a force for positive change.

Under Denise's leadership, Single Parents Rock stands as a beacon of hope, offering a comprehensive range of services that include transportation, short-term housing, and crucial emotional and legal support. Denise's unwavering commitment to this cause has not only changed the lives of countless women and children but has also helped them find their own inner strength and resilience.

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Progress Report (2019 - 2022)

Victims and survivors helped


Victims provided with emergency housing


Victims provided transportation


Children helped


Victims provided with temporary or permanent housing


Victims provided with emergency transportation (from abuse or hospital to a shelter and to or from court)


Victims provided relocation transportation (ride to arranged safe living both in and out of state)


97% Black

2% Caucasian

1% Other


97% resided in Northwest Dayton.

3% others resided in Englewood, Centerville, or Miami County.

an adult woman with lying down with a child's head going the opposite direction on either side of her head.

99% of victims were low income.

98% were on CareSource.

Income Levels

97% attended Dayton Public Schools

3% Other

School Enrollment of supported children


Board Member

Brittini’s personal vision is to achieve advancement in all areas of the workplace by increasing her knowledge in areas that may be challenging, and challenging others to strive for the best and meet their personal goals.  She dedicates her time to helping people through life with a Servant Leadership attitude inside and outside of the workplace by inspiring, encouraging, coaching, and developing the community around her to serve others.

Brittini Lacy currently serves as the Regional Support Manager at Wright Patt Credit Union for all seven of the North Area Member Centers. She has worked at Wright Patt Credit Union for 14 years. Within those 14 years, she has served partner-employees, members, and senior level managers. She has worked in many different departments, projects and can serve in any capacity with excellence. She pushes her partner-employees outside of their comfort zones to reach their full potential. Many have advanced as high performing employees inside and outside Wright Patt Credit Union.

Previously Brittini was the Member Center Manager of the Wright Patt Credit Union on Siebenthaler Ave in Dayton, Ohio, where she learned the importance of serving her community through financial education. Her first step was educating her partner employees on how to encourage every member that they can achieve home ownership, retirement solutions and financial freedom. Within her 4 years, the growth of the member center increased significantly. The Member Center won several awards for the top sales of loan protection products along with achieving high scores in Member Service.

Brittini has also served the community through volunteerism in high school she taught students in elementary school how to read and tutored them in math. In college, she worked at a library where the focus was to teach children and their parents how to read and develop computer skills. She has worked in a group home with teenage girls and was able to impact their lives in a positive way by relating to them and showing them that they matter.

Brittini holds a Master’s Degree in Management, from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University. Brittini is a proud member of Eta Phi Beta Sorority, where she serves as the Senior Membership Intake Coordinator. She is also a Den Mother for the Boy Scouts of America Troop #75, Resource Development Committee Member for the Boys and Girls Club of Dayton, Diversity and Inclusion Collaborative Committee Member at Wright Patt Credit Union (IDEAS), and Board Member for the Boys and Girls Club of Dayton.

One of the most precious accomplishments Brittini has is being a mother of two wonderful boys, Michael and Daylen. Her greatest assets include creativity, a positive personality, servant attitude, ability to connect with all people, and willingness to serve any and ALL people. Brittini encourages everyone to be themselves. Her favorite life quote is “Today you are You, that is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” -Dr. Seuss.

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Board Chair


Denise Kontras, M.A., R.A. is a registered advocate for Ohio victims of crime with 20 years of experience in domestic violence advocacy.  For about seven years, she has worked at the state level for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN), a coalition that oversees 76 domestic violence and sexual assault programs.  Denise is a trainer who has educated over 12,000 people about various topics related to domestic violence at national, regional and statewide conferences. Her areas of expertise include barriers to seeking services for marginalized populations, the intersectionality of domestic violence and intimate partner sexual violence, abuse in later life and vicarious trauma. In her current role at ODVN, Denise provides support to member programs, allied professionals, and community organizations and facilitates quarterly panel discussions on diversity, equity and inclusion.

She is a member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Commission and received national certification as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Denise has served on several state commissions and advisory boards including the Secretary of State’s Safe at Home Program, the Ohio Advocate Network Review Committee and the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Violence Task Force. Since 2019, she has served on the board of directors for SPR. Denise is a former newspaper reporter and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University (OSU).

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Board Secretary

Lesha currently serves as the human resources supervisor for Huber Heights City Schools. She has been in education for over 25 years, having worked at the junior high, high school, and college levels. Dr. Wallace has served a few educational institutions in various capacities, including but not limited to, teacher, school counselor, and curriculum supervisor. She is a proud graduate of Spelman College and the University of Dayton. Dr. Wallace has a passion for social justice and community service, and has participated in these activities since she was a teenager.

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Board Member

LaQueita is a content marketing professional for Multi Family Housing company Monarch Investment and Management Group. She has over 10 year experiences in sales, leasing and training.

LaQueita currently assists in managing a CRM platform for Dayton, Cincinnati, Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The CRM platform helps to attract new prospects to the properties to lease apartments homes. Previously, LaQueita worked as Assistant Property Manager helping with daily property operations. She graduated from DeVry University with a Bachelors degree in technical Science. LaQueita, is a member of multiple community organizations in Dayton, Ohio. 

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Board Member


Taylor (she/her) was recognized at the age of 25 as the Youngest African American Female to be Tenured at an institution of higher education in the history of the United States which is now commemorated on Dec 1st as Taylor Curtis Day. She is a professor of General Psychology, Social Psychology, Black Psychology and Black Studies and the former Director of Black Studies at her previous institution of higher education. Taylor left the institution of education riddled with structural racism to engage hands on in the community as the YWCA Greater Cincinnati Director of Racial Justice and Equity working strategically to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Through this role, YWCA Rising Star Taylor Curtis can offer Justice, Antiracism, Cultural Competency, Liberation, and DEI (Diversity/Equity/Inclusion) training and consultation services as well as engage in community programming, advocacy for policy change, and grassroots activism within the community. Taylor is also a Co-Founder of Bronze Glow Soul Care, a non-profit dedicated to holistic self-care and spiritual liberation. She also is a vocalist and solo performing artist creating liberation music to connect the community to empowerment through the arts. 

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Board member


Ashely lives in Columbus, Ohio, where she works as an attorney at a law firm that specializes in complex civil litigation. Ashley graduated magna cum laude from The University of Dayton in 2013, where she studied political science, criminal justice, and sociology. In 2017, Ashley received her juris doctor degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. In law school, Ashley was elected to serve as Chief Managing Editor of the Criminal Law Journal, worked part-time as a certified legal intern at the Franklin County Prosecutor’s office, and privately tutored high school students in history and civics. 

Ashley has a passion for justice and protecting the vulnerable. She credits her academic and professional successes to her faith in God and to the many mentors and helpers that He has placed in her life. In her free time, Ashley provides career mentorship to young female students who aspire to practice law.

Privacy Policy

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Policy

Nonprofit Determination Letter

2020 - 990

2021 - 990

2022 - 990

Our Partners

Dayton Dream Center

Hope Rising: Formerly Miami Valley Women's Center

Ohio's Safe at Home

Women's Centers of Ohio

YWCA of Hamilton and Butler County

We are able to empower victims and survivors of domestic violence even more thanks to our amazing partners. Whether they provide services or refer clients to us, our collaboration is key to providing comprehensive support.

As a volunteer board member for Single Parent Rock , I am inspired every by the amount of strength it take for a victim of domestic violence to leave a dangerous situation.  My personal goal for joining this organization is to help all domestic violence victims to find solutions and services to help keep them safe.  As a support advocate and member of Single Parents Rock board I hope to continue to impact our community and to provide a voice for those who are often rendered silent. 

LaQueita Roberts


Church of the Incarnation

The Dayton Foundation

Jeff Schmidt Auto Group

Learn to Earn Dayton

Living Word Church

Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Church

Montgomery County

Sam's Club




PNC Foundation


Dayton Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta

Trimbach's Body Shop

Our Supporters

We are grateful for every dollar we receive.  Below are the foundations, organizations, religious institutions and businesses that have stepped to show show support our work.

Policies and Financials

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Board Member

Aaron is a Mediation Specialist II at the Dayton Mediation Center, City of Dayton. Aaron manages the Center’s Landlord/Tenant Homelessness Prevention programming. He has been a part of the Dayton Mediation Center since 2014. Aaron attended Fisk University and earned a degree in biology. He grew up and still resides in Huber Heights, Ohio.

Board of Directors

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