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Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter

Living room, view toward desk, nice but a tad lopsidedIn January of 2014, we opened an Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter in the Merrimack Valley to address the critical need of available resources to victims in Massachusetts fleeing from domestic violence and abuse.  [For security reasons, we cannot release the location of the shelter.]

Background
In September 2013, we were awarded a contract by the MA Dept. of Children and Families (DCF) to re-open and run a defunct shelter in the Merrimack Valley for domestic violence victims.  At the time, there were fewer than 135 beds statewide to house survivors and their children when they fled abuse.  By re-opening this shelter, we’ve added needed resources to address this problem.

Prior to opening, the shelter had been closed for 18 months and had fallen into disrepair.  With DCF, we embarked on a refurbishing project that involved renovations to the house and providing new furnishings inside the house.  The renovation on this 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom house, began in late fall and was completed just before the New Year.  With the new furniture delivered at the end of December, our staff opened the doors to survivors and their children in early January.  We were at capacity within 48 hours.  Now, the shelter offers residents a safe and updated facility where they can begin the difficult work of rebuilding their lives, free of home violence and abuse.

Shelter Services
On an on-going basis, our staff work with victims and their children to help them assess their options, create a safety plan, and help them find and secure safe, affordable housing.  This necessitates aiding these survivors in creating self-trust and self-confidence as they work to rebuild a future for themselves and their children without violence or abuse.

Services include counseling for victims and their children, as well as linkage to our network of providers to address the individual needs of each resident.

For more information about the shelter, contact us.