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A Better Way Shelter
A Better Way began so that people who were not safe in their own homes could find safety in another place.
Safe shelter is provided 24/7 to victims of domestic violence / sexual assault and their children, for up to 45 days, during which they will set and work toward goals leading toward more peaceful lives. The shelter can accommodate up to 25 individuals.
Support group for victims of domestic violence is provided twice per week at secure locations. Victims in different phases of the healing process provide support to one another with respectful discussion in a comfortable environment.
Groups take place on Monday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 and on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30.
A facilitator will lead group discussion of domestic violence, life skills, support systems, and empowerment, to both help victims heal and to prevent future abuse. Domestic violence education will be provided on subjects such as characteristics of abusers, safety planning, red flags and self-awareness.
Concurrent children’s programs take place using age-appropriate activities to help children and youth to understand their home situations and show them positive options in life.
Snacks are provided, and there is also a monthly food give-away for participants. When necessary, local transportation is provided.
Provided for residential clients as needed to achieve goals.
- Counseling Appointments
- Medical Appointments
- Financial Assistance
Individualized case management is provided. The family development matrix is used for assessment and goal setting.
Every child, ages 5 and up, is assessed on family history, relationships, as well as medical and safety needs. A Better Way provides a children’s support group on Monday evening from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m and Wednesday morning from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. In addition, Family Fun Night is hosted on every Friday evening for families who are in shelter.
To assist victims of domestic violence. You don’t need to go it alone. Advocacy is available every step of the way, from assistance in obtaining a protective order to accompanying you to court.
- Accompaniment to Court
- Obtaining Protective Orders
- Legal Rights Education
- Preparation for Testimony
- Assistance Throughout the Legal Process
Transitional Housing – Passage Way
May this Passage Way lead to peaceful living for all who enter it.
Passage Way is a transitional housing project that will allow victims of domestic violence and their children, after staying at a Better Way, to have safe, adequate housing for a period of time long enough to find security, stability and peace in their lives.
At Passage Way, we intend to provide support to residents, but not to carry the whole load. There will be expectations of participation in programs that will lead them to success and self-sufficiency. Their children will participate in programs as well. Residents will also pay a portion of the rent, as determined by Section 8.
While there, residents will gain home-making, decision-making, budgeting and other skills that will ready them to succeed on their own following their exit from the program. Their children will have received guidance on how to better manage their emotions and to peacefully resolve conflict. They will gain social skills and in turn improve academically, due to a reduction of the turmoil in their lives.
Those dedicated to making positive change in their lives and willing to work for it will have a great opportunity for success.
Domestic Abuse Education
Various forms of educational resources are utilized for victims of domestic violence, allowing them the ability to break the cycle of generational abuse. Through the use of support groups, one-on-one counseling, and continued discussion on topics such as parenting, child abuse, power & control, types of abuse, self-esteem etc., our staff strive to provide the knowledge and support necessary to empower those who have experienced abuse. This is accomplished by the adversity approach used in our domestic violence and professional educational programs. Education is also provided to churches, civic centers, and schools in order to build bridges and develop stronger support systems within the community.
Information and Referral
Information is provided on community resources such as transitional housing, employment opportunities, food stamps, TANF, and WIC.