About One SAFE Place

One SAFE Place provides legal services, safety, and emotional support to intimate partners, children, and seniors affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Together, we will work toward a future where everyone in our community feels strong, healthy, and safe at home.


Today, One SAFE Place provides intervention and prevention services from its campus located at 2250 Benton Drive in Redding, California. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and provide all of our services free of charge. We partner with several other organizations and agencies to provide a one-stop-shop for clients, volunteers, social workers, bystanders, and donors who are all collaborating to end violence in Shasta County.

Our story began in the 1970’s, when community activist Gretchen Peterson offered her home as the first safe house in Shasta County. In the years that followed, Mrs. Peterson voluntarily provided shelter and care for women and children affected by domestic violence.

In 1978, the local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) recognized Mrs. Peterson’s efforts and worked with her to make it official. The following year, the Shasta Women’s Refuge (SWR) was formed and served as the first domestic violence crisis intervention program in Shasta County. For several years, Mrs. Peterson’s home was used to shelter women and children. In 1982, a local home – later known as Peterson House – was converted into a communal-style shelter to help thousands of women, children, and men break the cycle of violence in their families.

In 2010, after receiving a grant from the National Family Justice Center Alliance, the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office opened the Shasta Family Justice Center to provide a co-located service model for domestic and family violence-related issues. Seeing the potential for greater success through shared resources, the Shasta Women’s Refuge and the Shasta Family Justice Center (SFJC) joined hands in January 2012, forming One SAFE Place – the first entity of its type – that combines the Family Justice Center model with a full-service state-of-the-art shelter.

In 2015, One SAFE Place opened the Sierra Center to provide shelter, food and clothing assistance, and a sense of well-being and healing to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Together, we continue to work toward providing One SAFE Place and One Safe Community for all.

For more information on our Sierra Center and its offerings, please visit our Resources page.

For more information on Volunteer Opportunities, please visit our Volunteer page.

For more information on Job Opportunities, please visit our Careers page.

Board of Directors
Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve

Joe Bowers


CPA, Redding Electric Utility


Vice President

Lead Pastor, First Church of the Nazarene



Retired Nurse Administration

Bill Schueller


Captain, Redding Police Department

Chris Haedrich

Past President

Commercial Real Estate Agent at Haedrich & Co, Inc.

Dr. Bob Boyle

Board Member

Psychologist, Far Northern Regional Center

Joe Chimenti

Board Member

Shasta County Board of Supervisors

Matt Moseley

Board Member

Exec. Vice President at Cornerstone Community Bank

Michelle Nystrom

Board Member

Regional Director, O2 Employment Services

Lara Osborn

Board Member

Broker, Wells Osborn Real Estate

Natalie Putnam

Board Member

Owner, Apex Technology Management, Inc.

Morris Rodrigue

Board Member

Assistant Superintendent Vice President of Administrative Services

Jan Skipitis

Board Member

Registered Nurse, Ret.


Board Member

Owner, Moseley Family Cellars

Stephanie Bridgett


District Attorney

Steve Blunk


Lieutenant, Anderson Police Department



Lieutenant, Shasta County Sheriff

Executive Staff


Executive Director


Director of Finance