Our residence is designed with an open-concept floor plan to promote community. The facility also includes 13 individual family rooms to accomodate approximately 50 people total. Along with beds and optional cribs, each room is outfitted with individually controlled HVAC, a private bathroom, and windows for natural light. An ADA-compliant room and bathroom for additional occupants with special needs or for larger families is also included. Residents of Shasta County who are victims of domestic and/or sexual abuse identified in imminent danger or who would be homeless without our services are eligible to stay in the residence. Clients stay FREE of charge and are tasked with assisting in daily “Life Skills” including chores to keep the house clean and cooking meals.
Whether by phone or in person, we are here 24-hour a day/7 days a week to provide help in dangerous situations, assisting with safety planning, transportation, and emergency housing.
Advocates are available by phone or in person to help victims and their loved ones understand their rights, options, and resources when in a domestic or sexual abuse situation. We work with each individual to assess needs and put together a plan for safety and stability.
The next next step after victim advocacy includes working with a Case Manager to identify each individual’s short, intermediate, and long term goals in order to accomplish self-sufficiency. Case Managers stay with the each client, working to address needs and provide follow-up care as needed.
Food & Clothing Assistance
Pantries and storage space allow us to provide non-perishable food items and clothing to clients and their children on an as needed basis, through donations from our generous community.
We assist in preparing and filing temporary restraining orders (TRO’s), as well as custody and visitation orders, but only when addressed in conjunction with a restraining order. Additional legal help with court orientation, accompaniment, and mediation may also be available.
Referrals to local resources for all those of Native American descent are available.
Referral to Law Enforcement & Medical Providers
We are available to accompany victims through forensic examinations and investigative interviews, advocate for release of records and reports to victims as needed, and set up victim notifications of perpetrator release.
Emergency Financial Assistance
Advocates can assist with addressing issues of housing, employment, and additional resources that would benefit individuals and families in obtaining financial independence.
Parenting & Relationship Education
On-site classes include themes of both individual and relationship health, following a monthly schedule with various times and days for clients as well as the general public to participate. Class offerings are interactive, with a combination of lecture and activities.
Support for victims and their families in a group setting allows for processing of trauma in a setting that promotes active listening and continued sustainable growth.
Our education programs are school-based and offered as either training opportunities for on-campus personnel on our evidence-based SafeNET curriculum or NO MORE clubs to promote student involvement in bystander engagement. In either setting, we work with schools to amend policies and raise awareness of domestic and sexual abuse with the goal of helping to create future generations of community members who reject violence. Additional programs, like Camp OSP, focus on reducing the effects of exposure to violence.
We provide vital information through interactive presentations to Shasta County schools, service partners, businesses, and any other interested parties. Our education mission is two-fold: to raise awareness of the issue of domestic violence, sexual assault, and healthy relationships, and to inform members of the community about resources available. We also lead the charge in awareness of these issues through organized campaigns and events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April and Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
For a complete list of our community partners, visit our Partner Agencies page.