Safe Shelter at DOVE House

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DOVE Center's safe shelter, called DOVE House, is a short-term, confidential place of refuge for adults and their dependent children who are fleeing their own homes because they are unsafe due to domestic abuse and/or sexual violence. DOVE House is a secure facility and is staffed 24 hours a day with trained advocates and support personnel who help clients navigate their current crisis, prepare safety plans for now and in the future, and connect them with other services and resources at DOVE and in the community. Individuals and families needing safe refuge at DOVE House can stay for up to 90 days, depending on their needs, and are provided all the basic necessities of daily life including room and board, clothing, and other needs, at no cost to them. DOVE House is licensed to accommodate up to 24 people. It is approximately 4,000 square feet and contains six bedrooms, four full baths, one half bath, a full kitchen, a living area, two laundry facilities, indoor and outdoor play areas, and covered outdoor seating. Two bedrooms and one bathroom are wheelchair accessible. Within the shelter are staff offices, allowing us to provide 24-hour advocacy, case management, and counseling.

Our shelter location is not publicly known in order to protect our clients and preserve their confidentiality.