Emergency Shelter

Our confidential, 45-day stay emergency shelter offers a safe and secure place of refuge and recovery for victims of domestic violence and their children. Our entire continuum of on-site provisions consists of food, clothing, hygiene items, support groups, parenting classes, one-on-one counseling, case management, legal, financial and medical advocacy, transportation, and children’s program including an on-site school for shelter children.

The First 24 Hours

  • Clients receive a tour of the facility and are shown to their own room.
  • Each client has their own room to share with their children. Rooms are prepared with clean linens and freshly made beds. Each family member has their own bed and infants their own crib.
  • Clients receive clothing and hygiene items.
  • Each client is assigned to a Case Manager who will work with them throughout their shelter stay to formulate a safety plan, a strategy for the future, and to decide what is needed to move forward. The Case Manager introduces themselves to the family and assesses any immediate needs such as food and medical attention.
  • We encourage the participants to use their first few days in the program as respite and rest. We give them the option to participate in any of the daily programs (art therapy workshops, support groups, counseling, recreational activities) if they feel ready and comfortable.

What Can Be Achieved

The shelter and its resources are designed to offer a safe place for survivors of domestic violence and their children while they search for employment and/or continue their education. Families receive supportive services in the form of case management throughout the duration of the program. Survivors create self-sufficiency plans and goals to find employment, obtain childcare, ensure their children are on target at school, and move on to a better life. Participants are able to save up money while they are in the program for when they move out.

Need a Longer Stay?

Stella’s Friendship House, named after one of our founding members, is a 9-month program providing housing and supportive services to victims and their children who have made the transition from emergency shelter, but are not yet ready to be on their own.

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