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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing

Mission: The sacred heart center's mission is to eradicate violence and oppressive practices, supporting and empowering individuals, families and communities to promote justice, social change and non-violence. The organization operates a women's shelter, adolescent group home and various other community service activities and programs for people located on or near the cheyenne river sioux reservation.

Programs: Family violence services - provided shelter, individual advocacy, counseling, support groups, emergency legal advocacy, criminal justice support/advocacy, medical advocacy, transportation, assistance with victim compensation claims and emergency financial assistance and operates a 24- hour crisis line for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Services are also provided to victims of elder abuse, child sexual abuse, child abuse and to adult survivors of child sexual abuse. In fy 2013, shelter was provided to 116 women and 103 children for a total of 2,609 service days; services were also provided to an additional 108 adults and 25 children. We served 352 total people.

child welfare services - is a licensed group care facility for 16 youth ages 10 - 18 and provided group care, assessment services, crisis stabilization, respite care and community reintegration services for children and youth placed by state, tribal and bureau of indian affairs child protective agencies. Services also included providing couseling, independent living skills, therapeutic and educational groups and group and community activities for the children and youth in placement. The child welfare services had 38 different children and youth in its care for fy 2013; with 3,647 bed days with children and youth being physically present.

community education and outreach services - provides public awareness materials and ads, community education, workshops, and training to youth, schools and community organizations on topics/issues impacting the community and includes domestic violence, sexual assault, family violence, dating violence, bullying prevention, health, healty relationships, personal safety, child abuse/neglect and mandatory reporting, stress management, and suicide prevention. Outreach distributed literature and materials on these topics throughout the reservation with help from the community health representatives and conducted class on dating violence, money management, setting appropriate boundries, emotions, goal setting, effects of meth, and family violence for area youth, families and communities and reached 1,246 people in fy 2013.

bear necessities thrift store provides donated clothing, household itms, necessities and toys to those in need for nominal to no cost. The store helps provide clothing and necessities for the women and children served by the family violence services and served 3,854 people/customers in fy 2013. The store is also open to the public, but the primary purpose is to serve those in need.

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