House More, Help More
To provide safe shelter and support services to all those fleeing domestic violence in our community
The Safe House for Women is working to open a larger, more accessible shelter for adults and children fleeing domestic violence in our region. Last year, our current shelter served 135 victims, but we had to turn away 180 victims due to space and accessibility limitations. Domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking are on the rise in our region, and we must do all we can to House More, Help More and end violence in Southeast Missouri. The best way to serve survivors of domestic violence is to help them stay safe and become sustainable right here in the community where they live, work and attend school. That's why we are working to open a new shelter that will increase our bed space from 17 beds to 40, allowing us to house and help anyone who needs it, including those with disabilities or special needs. This will also allow survivors to stay connected with our counseling services, support groups, and other resources that we know will contribute to their long-term success.
Over the course of our 25-year history, we have seen that survivors of domestic violence can thrive when their immediate needs for safety and security are met, allowing them to focus on rebuilding their lives. As we are on the brink of opening our new facility, we know that we will see an increased need for the supportive services that help survivors become safe and sustainable. This includes practical help such as transportation assistance; medical care, dental care and prescription assistance; childcare assistance; deposit, rent and utility assistance; and a host of other resources that lead to self-sufficiency and safe tomorrows for the individuals and families we serve. In addition, we need to provide operational support for our shelter, ensuring that all services are offered at no cost to survivors. This includes groceries for meals provided on a daily basis, hygiene items, bedding and linens, and clothing for clients who often come to our shelter with nothing.
The Safe House has helped over 2,000 adults and children break free from the grip of domestic violence, and our former clients are valuable members of our community who often go on to support and encourage others impacted by similar experiences. We are passionate about doing everything we can to empower all those fleeing domestic violence to regain their sense of strength, power and future and to break the cycle of domestic violence in our community.