A Woman's Place, Inc. shelters and helps empower victims/survivors of domestic abuse to become safe, secure and self-reliant; and through education and collaboration, mobilize our community to help prevent domestic violence.
A Woman's Place, (AWP) was founded in 1977. After incorporating as a non-profit agency, and with the donation of an older home by the Greeley Urban Renewal Authority, we opened our safe-house in 1981. In 2003, a completed renovation addition project and doubled the size of our safe-house. In 2005 we created a 30 day self-sufficiency program designed to assist women and their children who are homeless due to domestic violence in leading safer lives and accessing resources necessary to becoming economically independent. In 2007 we expanded our Legal Advocacy services, including establishing a presence in the courthouse where we are more available to victims of domestic violence seeking protection orders. In 2008 we established a Prevention and Intervention Counseling program, and increased youth programming for the range of children and teens that we serve. In 2009 and 2010 we developed strategies to maintain the level of services we provide in the face of an economic downturn and reduced staffing. We created and implemented an internship program, including a masters level internship program for counseling. In 2014, due to increasing requests, we opened an office in Fort Lupton to begin offering services to the southern part of Weld County. AWP continues to examine and update its programming in response to the needs of our community in the area of domestic violence education, prevention and intervention.
Here at A Woman's Place (AWP), we strive to make all of our domestic violence survivors feel like they are supported and have hope for a safe and happy future. Our advocates all provide clients with the tools they need to achieve a safe self-sufficient life. This is evident with the increased number of clients our advocates have helped in 2017. As the need for domestic violence aid and education grows, our advocates work endlessly to provide 24-hour crisis intervention line coverage, as well as support and provide various other community resources.
Each member of our staff has a tremendous effect on our program and its capabilities. Our Grants Director demonstrates in quantifiable terms the tremendous impact that AWP has on the lives of domestic violence survivors. The funding we receive with the help of our Grant Director allows us to continue improving our services, as well as continue to provide our confidential services to our clients for free.
Our Legal Director provides clients with tremendous support with various legal issues that may arise as a result of domestic abuse. This can include giving information about protection orders, providing silent support in the court room, and setting up legal workshops so that clients have access to lawyers who can provide them with the aid they need. From providing guidance for filing protection orders to referrals and resources for divorce and custody issues, our Legal Director is here to help any way she can.
Our Intervention, Treatment, and Technologies Director plays several key roles at A Woman's Place. The intervention role allows for more intensive and active advocacy with high-risk victims that come through the doors of A Woman's Place. This role helps to limit the chances of re-victimization of a vulnerable population, and also helps increase the likelihood that these high-risk victims will leave our program having successfully become self-sufficient. The role of the Domestic Violence Treatment Advocate, requires reaching out to victim's whose offenders are in Domestic Violence Treatment to provide advocacy and support. This director also participates in Multi-Disciplinary Treatment Teams to assist in problem solving and to provide the crucial victim perspective. The technologies aspect involves overseeing the digital file system used by AWP.
Our Youth and Family Services Director seizes the opportunity to educate, support, and build awareness of the vast impact that domestic violence has on children, families, and our community. Children who live with domestic violence are incredibly resilient. They are adaptive and capable of thriving despite experiencing trauma. Our Youth and Family services are here to assist the children healing process alongside with their family.
Our Outreach and Volunteer Director focuses on increasing community awareness and providing professional education on topics including Domestic Violence, A Woman's Place services, and Teen Dating Violence. They are also responsible for recruiting interns and volunteers, as well as overseeing their progress and work.
The Safe House Director works hand-in-hand with the Executive Director in overseeing and implementing policies and procedures related to provisions of emergency safehouse services. This Director also models appropriate behaviors and client-centered services through regular interactions with shelter staff and volunteers. She supervises the upkeep of the safehouse premise and facility maintenance to sustain the integrity and safety of the shelter.
The Executive Director provides leadership and vision to the organization in keeping with the AWP's consistent achievement of its mission, goals, and financial objectives. She also serves as the "face" of the organization to its collaborative nonprofit partners and leads the agency in educating the community about AWP programs and domestic violence.
Lastly, without your continued generosity AWP, would not be able to assist individuals who come through our doors, individuals who have inspired us with their courageous stories, individuals whose lives have been brightened and who have been able to build new chapters in their lives free from violence. You are the ones who show up with flowers to brighten our days, you cook food for those in shelter on holidays, you hold supply drives, and you remember A Woman's Place during Colorado Gives Day and United Way campaigns. Your support allows us to continue the work we do to help victims turn into, not just great, but AMAZING, survivors! As a community, it is important that victims/survivors feel supported in their decision to seek safety. The generosity you offer has a lasting impact by showing them that people in and around our community care about them and want them to experience a life full of love and happiness. Thank you for allowing us to continue our work in 2018; without you we would not be able to accomplish great things.
A Woman's Place Staff
"There is not enough paper her to write what your facility has done for my family and I. I want to thank you all for this love and support you have given to me. You all made this traumatic part of my life easy to strengthen myself work and reminded me of the women I know I can be and I will be and stay from this day forward. SKY'S THE LIMIT!!" --AWP Resident
"Thank you for helping me become more grounded. Thank you ALL so very much for your kindness and support. Thank you for always being there. For the meditations and prayers and art therapy. Thank you for the education and awareness. Thank you for reminding me of who I am. Thank you for keeping me safe. Thank you for helping me understand and resolve my issues. But most of all- thank your for the inspiration and hope!"--AWP Resident
"Thank you all so very much. I have come so far since I have been here and I have learned a lot about myself."--AWP Resident
" I want to thank all the staff for giving me all the attention and support I needed to feel safe. The staff I give a 5 stars on job well done. Thank you for helping me as a part of your program."-- AWP Resident
----Please know YOUR GIFTS have a tremendous impact on the victims and families we serve at our emergency shelter and offsite locations------