West Women's and Children's Shelter has continued to utilize donations made through globalgiving.org to support the needs of survivors of domestic violence and their children who are residing in our emergency housing programs and to respond to the needs of survivors in the greater community. Your support enables our efforts to offer survivors and their children a “safe place to begin again” as we work towards our mission of creating a safe nurturing environment for survivors to realize their potential for healing and growth as we work together to end domestic violence
With your help, in the last 12 month period we have provided the following services;
Emergency Shelter-60 day stay with advocacy, case management, support groups, parenting support, child care, meal provisions, essential needs resources, access to 24/7 staffing, child care
64 women without children
Rapid Re-housing and Short Term Rental Assistance-up to 6 month rental subsidy with advocacy and case management, food boxes, access to support groups, home visits, employment support
Women’s Housing Collaborative-up to a 2 year rental subsidy for chronically homeless domestic violence survivors with children, includes intensive case management, advocacy, tenant education, budgeting and debt reduction, support groups, employment assistance, home visits, and parenting support
Transitional Housing-2 year supportive housing program which includes all of our onsite resources as survivors work towards their self-sufficiency
29 women without children
Over the last reporting period our services have continued to remain stable with the generous and ongoing support of our globalgiving.org donors.
We have continued to make progress towards our strategic planning goals and the overall operations of our emergency housing programs. This progress includes implementing housing workshops apprising residents of current and available housing options, providing increased healthy and fresh food options at the shelter, establishing online giving options for donors through globalgiving.org, wellness workshops for residents, and working with the West Advisory Council to raise awareness in the community regarding our services.
In addition to our shelter and transitional housing programs we have been able to house 10 chronically homeless families with domestic violence survivor head of households. This has greatly benefited our family population and allowed us to house families and continue to work with survivors towards increased self-sufficiency and stability. We are doing intensive supportive services for these identified families which include home visits, ongoing case management, child care, support groups, food boxes, educational and employment assistance, and parenting support. We feel very fortunate to have received this funding as we have seen the positive impacts which stable and supportive housing has made on this population.
During this last period we were able to get closer to our goal of reaching of $10,000 to support the services of West Women's and Children's Shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Currently we have raised $5,256 towards our $10,000 goal.
With your help we are able to cover the costs of emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors and their children. Services supported by your generous donations include; advocacy, case management, support groups, meals for residents of the shelter, child care for families, school enrollment for children, rental subsidies for survivors moving into permanent housing, educational awards for survivors returning to school, and occupancy fees for emergency shelter.
In 2011, we answered 5,316 crisis calls, provided emergency shelter to 154 women and children, stabilized 67 women and children within our two year transitional housing program, and utilized over 4,856 volunteer hours to accomplish our work. With your help we are getting closer to our goal of ending the cycle of domestic violence. Thank you for supporting us in our mission to create a safe nurturing environment for survivors to realize their potential for healing and growth as we work together to end domestic violence.
West Women's and Children's Shelter has continued to operate our emergency shelter and transitional housing for domestic violence survivors and their families in the Portland area. With the support of global giving donors in 2012, we answered 5,316 crisis calls, provided emergency shelter to 154 women and children, stabilized 67 women and children within our two year transitional housing program, and utilized over 4,856 volunteer hours to accomplish our work. With your help we are getting closer to our goal of ending the cycle of domestic violence.
Your financial contributions have been used to cover the costs of emergency shelter, child care, advocacy, prescription medication support, meals for hungry families, rental subsidies for survivors moving into their housing, educational assistance, helping to pay down past debt and reduce barriers towards long term and sustainable housing.
The West Women's and Children's project has raised $5,106 towards our goal of $10,000 to support our ongoing support services for domestic violence survivors. Each contribution brings us closer to our Mission of creating a safe nurturing environment for survivors to realize their potential for healing and growth as we work together to end domestic violence. Thank you!!!
The ongoing project of West Women's and Children's Shelter has generated close to $5,000 of financial support to the shelter and our core services such as advocacy, meals, child care, emergency shelter, and support groups. The shelter and transitional housing programs serve up to 200 women and children a year who are escaping domestic violence and seeking safety. As governmental funding and private donations continue to become more restricted the support from GlobalGiving.org is extremely important to our ability to sustain services to those who need us. The money raised from this project has gone directly to West Women's and Children's Shelter supporting our mission to create a safe nurturing environment for survivors to realize their potential for healing and growth as we work together to end domestic violence.
The following is what survivors are saying about the West “I would have never have made it without the help of the West Women’s Shelter and their Advocates, all staff should be given a certificate of excellence for services provided, staff is very compassionate and understanding and know how access resources for survivors, thank you for believing in me and being my support, I was blessed to be at the West and get the help I needed to help me and my children stay out of a violent situation, I came in with a backpack, I received such support, I built up my self esteem with the help of staff and other residents encouraging me, people helping people, I learned I am not alone, and that I can always reach out for help and the West will be there for me and my family. Someday I want to give back with my kids at the shelter.” This is just some of the very valuable feedback we have received from participants exiting shelter about our services.
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