One SAFE Place
One SAFE Community
In 2015, the community of Shasta County joined hands with One SAFE Place to create the Sierra Center, a state-of-the-art temporary housing facility that provides emergency intervention and prevention services to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.
The residence includes:
- 13 private rooms with bathrooms
- 45 beds and 14 cribs
- Teen Room
- Children’s play area
- Children’s Outdoor Playground
- Secure and confidential parking
- Discrete second entrance for clients
Why Did We Build the Sierra Center?
Sandy Miller and her two small children, Shelby and Shasta, came to One SAFE Place seeking help for a domestic violence situation. Because of our dormitory style setting (26 people in 3 bedrooms) and the lack of privacy for her and her daughters to heal, they left to stay in a hotel. Shortly afterward they were found and murdered by her husband, Shane Miller. Their deaths underscored the dire need for a Residence Shelter. The Sierra Center Residence consists of 13 rooms, with a capacity for up to 52 residents. Private rooms give clients and their children who have been traumatized by domestic violence or sexual abuse a sanctuary to heal and rebuild their lives, with the safety and privacy provided by individual rooms that lock. The number of victims getting help has increased greatly.
Since the One Safe Place Grand Opening a year ago, the community has rallied to support services offered – from donating labor and supplies to help build the Sierra Center, to food drives, holiday toy drives, and community wide fundraising. The increase in the length of stay in Residence has grown from an average of 11 days last year to an average of 35 days this year. Many families now have stayed up to 90 days, giving them the time they need to get safe, to heal, to feel supported, to find jobs, and to locate housing.
The Children’s Program at OSP has expanded and encompasses curriculum, counseling, and case management. There are also big plans for next year’s Camp OSP, providing a local experience back here in Shasta County.