Advocate Safehouse Project's mission is to promote healthy relationships free from violence through education, advocacy, empowerment and safehousing.
2018 marks Advocate Safehouse Project 31st year of providing assistance for survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. We have so much to be thankful for as we look back over the past 31 years ….
• Trained over 495 volunteer advocates who handled over 27,325 crisis counseling calls;
• Facilitated women's support groups since 1987;
• Purchased a Safehouse;
• Provided over 35,627 nights of safe shelter for over 1,042 survivors and their 1,075 children;
• Outreached to the Latina community since 1996; and
• Provided 2,033 educational presentations.
We look forward to what the next 30+ years has in store for us at Advocate Safehouse Project as we continue our mission to promote healthy relationships free from violence through education, advocacy, empowerment and safehousing; supporting survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence.
It all started for ASP in 1986 when a group of concerned citizens in Garfield County joined together to respond to both a growing awareness of domestic violence and the need for comprehensive services for domestic violence survivors and their children. In the spring of 1987, ASP was incorporated, volunteer advocates were recruited, a 24-Hour Help Line and volunteer safehomes were established, and two weekly women's support groups with child care were made available in the county. In 1991, the agency expanded services to include survivors of sexual assault.
In 1993, ASP acquired and rehabilitated a facility to be used for a Safehouse Program. In 1999 & 2000, ASP completed a capital expansion project which doubled the space for the organization. In 2008, after 14 years of use (598 families with 618 children for 17,821 nights of shelter) the Safehouse was in dire need of a "Facelift". This work was necessary in order to correct major structural problems in the building, providing easier maintenance of the facility and to "freshen up" the interior.
Advocate Safehouse Project provides the following comprehensive and confidential services:
• 24-Hour Help Line - Offers crisis intervention, emotional support, survivor education, advocacy,safehousing and information/referrals by telephone or person, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
• Safehouse Program - Provides emergency shelter for survivors in danger for up to eight plus weeks with safety planning, survivor education, emotional support, support group, advocacy, case management and information/referrals..
• Outreach Program - Provides safety planning, survivor education, emotional support, support group, advocacy, case management and information/referrals for survivors residing in the community.
• Latina Outreach Program - Provides safety planning, survivor education, emotional support, support group, advocacy, case management and information/referrals to Latino survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence.
• Community Education Program - Provides opportunities to inform and educate members of the community on the development of healthy relationships in an effort to prevent domestic and/or sexual violence.
• Volunteer Advocate Program - Provides ASP and the community with support for the 24-Hour Help Line with volunteer advocates. Volunteer advocates receive 30+ hours of training.
Recently during 2017 and 2018:
• During 2017, ASP handled over 2,800 calls, worked with 423 clients and provided 24 families with 20 children for a total of 44 survivors with 2,292 nights of shelter.
• Already in the first quarter of 2018, ASP has handled over 726 calls, worked with 135 clients and provided 10 families with 14 children (24 survivors) with 402 nights of emergency shelter.
This letter was written from a woman who resided in our Safehouse Program. The note is written verbatim except for her name.
Thank you all so much for what an amazing place to have when in a time of despair & it really gave us hope!!
ASP Staff you all are amazing.