Since 1975, Every Woman’s Place has been providing emergency shelter for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Our emergency shelter provides a place for survivors and their children to be safe in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Survivors are able to start the healing process, explore safe options, and receive support from our dedicated staff. Click here for directions to our shelter.
What is the Shelter like?
The thought of entering a shelter can be frightening; we kept this in mind when creating a warm, home-like atmosphere where safety is a priority. Women often comment on how comfortable they feel at the shelter. You do not have to pay anything, and you are free to come and go. Being in a shelter is never like being in your own home, but the staff and volunteers at Every Woman’s Place are committed to making the facility as safe and comfortable as possible.
What should I bring?
The most important thing is that you get to a safe place. If you are able, bring essential clothing, medicine, and maybe your child’s favorite toy. If you have time, bring your marriage license, social security numbers, birth certificates, and other important papers. If you are rushed and don’t have time to bring anything, that is okay. Once you have arrived, arrangements can be made to assist you with the necessary items you need.
What happens when I first get there?
Your immediate needs will be determined on your arrival, such as medical care, food and drink, and attending to children’s needs. Then you will be shown around and assigned a room. Once you are settled in, a staff person will talk with you and complete an intake form.
Will support be available?
You will be assigned a case manager with whom you will meet several times a week. Together you and your case manager will set goals and work towards achieving them. Your case manager can advocate on your behalf and provide referrals for housing, food, clothing, legal, and other types of assistance. There are optional support group meetings once a week. Many women who have stayed at the shelter find it beneficial to maintain contact through counseling and/or support groups after leaving the shelter.
Will there be activities for my children?
A children’s advocate provides recreational activities suitable for the children’s age levels.
Who will be at the shelter?
The shelter is staffed 24-hours a day by staff trained in domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking intervention.