Women’s Center & Shelter provides Emergency Shelter for women and children (including boys up to age 17) who are fleeing abusive relationships. Women and children can be admitted into 24-hours a day by calling our Hotline and discussing their situation with one of our trained Advocates.
Shelter services are designed to meet the basic needs of victims and their children, offering clothing, toiletries, as well as offering support for any specialized needs. While staying in the Emergency Shelter, our Advocates provide safety planning education, emotional support, crisis intervention and goal planning to help victims begin to rebuild their lives.
Last year: Women’s Center & Shelter housed 274 adults and 203 children for a total of 13,954 nights in Emergency Shelter.
Creating a Safe Place for Victims of Domestic Abuse
Maintaining the privacy and safety of each resident is one of the cornerstones of Women’s Center & Shelter. We strive to create a safe haven for victims of intimate partner violence, and help them continue that safety as they transition into their new lives. Our Advocates help residents apply and search for transitional, subsidized and fair market rate housing. Advocates also assist with relocation out of the county and the state when necessary.
Additional on-site supportive services include:
- Weekly medical clinic for women and children, including health assessments and referrals for health care in the community
- Specialized weekly clinic for children’s dental care
- Assistance with connecting to supportive services in the community, including healthcare, welfare, social security benefits, and childcare
- Meetings with our Legal Advocacy Department, which provides advocacy and accompaniment for residents in the court system
- Mental Health support (through Support Groups and individual counseling)
- Referrals to therapy options designed to aid women or children in the process of healing from trauma
- Recovery support and referrals to medical treatment programs
- Career and education advocacy to help residents explore school and work opportunities
- A Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Advocate who supports and works with residents within the CYF system
Building a Safer World through Sanctuary
Women’s Center & Shelter uses the Sanctuary Model throughout the organization, which is a blueprint for providing trauma-informed care to victims of abuse. As part of this, Shelter uses the S.E.L.F. model in providing individual and group services. S.E.L.F., which stands for Safety, Emotions, Loss and Future, provides the framework for residents to start recovering from trauma.
At the core of these models is the belief that the best way to help victims overcome the through open and honest communication in a safe, judgment-free environment. To that end, Women’s Center & Shelter offers multiple support groups for residents, focusing on topics such as: domestic violence education, S.E.L.F., Seeking Safety, Coping with Trauma, Life Skills, At the Table (a cooking group), Open Art Studio, yoga, and a special group for mothers.
We can also shelter pets (in a space outside of Shelter, but still within the building) for a short period of time until foster pet placement is secured, through our partnership with the Animal Rescue League.