Individuals in need of safe refuge at the Shelter have the ability to stay up to 120 days, depending on their unique needs. During their stay they are provided with all the basic necessities including room and board, clothing, hygiene items, and other items at no cost to them.
The Shelter is licensed to accommodate up to 24 individuals. The building is approximately 4,000 square feet and contains 6 bedrooms and 4 1/2 baths; 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom are handicap accessible. A full kitchen is provided as well as living area, two laundry facilities, child playroom, and zen room. The Outside area includes a play area, covered patio, two dog kennels, and a small garden area. The Shelter also includes staff office spaces, which allow DOVE to provide 24/7 advocacy, case management, and individual and group counseling services. Residents of the Shelter have the opportunity to participate in Shelter groups, including, cooking, budgeting, gardening, self-care, meditation, yoga, parenting etc.
The Shelter location is not disclosed to the public to protect survivor safety and confidentiality.
Coordinated Entry Access Point
The intersection of domestic violence and homelessness affects many survivors, and the Coordinated Entry process helps prevent victims from returning to abusers in order to avoid homelessness.
Erin’s House is part of DOVE Center’s Transitional Housing Program offering independent, secure housing to those on their path to a new and self-dependent life. Consisting of multiple apartment units, Erin’s House offers clients the sense of independence they need without losing the support that DOVE Center programs offer. These units are occupied by clients who have managed the immediate crisis of leaving an abuser but need additional assistance or time in order to secure permanent housing. While at Erin’s House, clients gain the tools they will need as they venture out into the community and move on to permanent housing. This program helps prevent a return to abuse or homelessness. Transitional shelter can be an essential key to a safe transition from emergency shelter to secure and independent housing.
Erin’s House was created by Don and Sue Kimball and the Erin Kimball Memorial Foundation in 2001. Erin and her children were tragic victims of an abuser and Don and Sue dedicated themselves to supporting survivors of domestic violence. EKMF helped hundreds of individuals regain their footing and find hope after leaving abuse. When the Kimballs decided it was time to retire, they didn’t want Erin’s story, nor the valuable housing services the foundation provided, to cease. DOVE Center and EKMF had worked closely together for many years, collaborating to support local individuals and families escaping domestic abuse. It was a natural progression when retirement time came around, that DOVE Center would continue their legacy, acquiring Erin’s House and wrapping it into existing programs. DOVE Center is able to offer a complete continuum of care to clients, helping survivors achieve safe, empowered, independent living.
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