Shelter and Services are Free and Confidential at The Caring Place

By: Contributor Last Updated: October 14, 2009

The Caring Place's 24-bed shelter is located at an undisclosed address for the safety and confidentiality of those who seek refuge.

The 6-bedroom shelter was once a private residence and retains a home-like atmosphere. The living room and kitchen are often meeting places for adults. while children gather in the brightly decorated activity room. Laundry facilities. outside deck, as well as a large backyard are available to shelter residents.

Eligibility includes domestic violence and sexual assault victims. both female and male of every age, and their dependent children.

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SAFE SHELTER - Staff and dedicated volunteers serve the needs of both shelter residents and 350-400 community clients each year who seek our services outside of shelter. Clients include women. men, children and the elderly. Safe shelter is available free of charge. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

VICTIM ADVOCACY - One-on-one sessions and support groups assist clients in connecting to community resources including housing, employment and childcare. Advocates educate clients on the dynamics of family violence and the ramifications. Group sessions focus on developing life skills including budgeting, parenting. independent living, stress reduction and job interviewing. An Advocate works to connect clients with community resources and speaks on behalf of the client seeking assistance or information from other agencies or individuals. In addition to housing and counseling, The Caring Place coordinates childcare and transportation to ease the facilitation of all services.

LEGAL ADVOCACY - A Legal Advocate is provided to ensure clients discover their legal rights and resources available to them. The Advocate acts as a liaison with the client and the legal system.

SEXUAL ASSAULT SUPPORT - Support and resources are provided to sexual assault survivors and their families to assist victims through the recovery process. Emergency Response Volunteers (ERV) are available 24 hours a day to reinforce law enforcement and the hospital in crisis intervention.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT - A variety of topics are covered, including the dynamics of domestic violence. effects of family violence on children, substance abuse. parenting. nutrition, budgeting. and esteem building.

COMMUNITY AWARENESS - Educational presentations on domestic violence and sexual assault are conducted regularly for organizations, businesses, and community groups.

YOUTH OUTREACH PROGRAMMING - Interactive theatre presentations on bullying, teen dating violence. and sexual harassment are performed in local elementary, middle and high schools, as well as for church youth groups and youth organizations where programs focus on prevention and education.

CHILDREN'S SUPPORT PROGRAMMING - To acclimate children living in shelter, Child Advocates lead children through learning activities while mothers participate in their adult support group. Child behavior modification training is available for mothers. if necessary. Through experiential learning. appropriate boundaries are discussed and practiced with children moving from a violent home to one of peace.

For help — Call The Caring Place 24-HOUR CRISIS LINE: Local: 219 464.2128 Toll-free Long Distance: 1 800 933.0466
To make a monetary contribution please call: 219.464.0840