Mission: The Women's Center & Shelter began in 1974 in the kitchen of a volunteer's home. It has expanded to become one of the most advanced and recognized domestic violence agencies in the nation. Services for domestic violence victims include a 24-hour hotline, safe shelter, non-resident counseling, legal, medical and housing advocacy, children's programming and community education. In 1998-99, WC&S sheltered 305 women and 325 children, provided Legal Advocacy to 5,549 individuals, and counseled 8,666 hotline callers.
Programs: WC&S's programs include a 24-hour hotline, safe shelter, non-resident counseling, a Follow-up program for women who have moved beyond shelter, children's services. We also offer legal, medical housing and TANF advocacy, in addition too systems advocacy throughout the various system in which victims interact, including welfare, justice, law enforcement.
WC&S's educational program include Hands are Not for Hurting, a school-based violence prevention curriculum which is separated into five age-appropriate curricula.
I met a woman about ten years ago who was very isolated socially, depressed, being abused by her husband and living in the horrible conditions he caused; finally I begged her to go to this women's center and shelter for support, and finally she did! At first she didn't like the groups but she liked the counselor; after awhile she dropped out, but now she's going back again and LIKES the groups too. She is doing better and is more assertive and has reached out online to support groups where she has made friends and is subscribing to some things with hope that someday she can get away totally. Life is still hard for her, but she is developing self-esteem and sometimes uses her power to stand up for herself and to take breaks from the bad situation. I'm very grateful to this nonprofit as it may have saved her life.