Safe Shelter provides safety, support, and resources to individuals affected by domestic abuse.
In 1978, Boulder County's only emergency resource, a volunteer crisis helpline, received a frantic call from a woman who had just been assaulted by her husband and was pleading for help for herself and her children. Before the volunteer on duty could ascertain who and where the caller was, the line went dead. Although local police identified that the call had come from Longmont, they were unable to locate the woman. Deeply frustrated that women who were trapped or suffering in abusive relationships had nowhere to stay, a group of dedicated volunteers using their own homes as shelter persevered to establish the Longmont Coalition for Women in Crisis. Since that beginning decades ago, Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley (name change in 2003) is no longer just a shelter. Clients of all ages receive an integrated, comprehensive, trauma-informed system of counseling, advocacy, case management, and legal services in non-residential Outreach and Emergency Shelter facilities. Our community education programs raise awareness among youth and adults in educational institutions, human service agencies and the community at large and about the short and long-term impact on survivors and their families and about promoting healthy relationships. In June 2017, Safe Shelter was awarded the 2017 Purple Ribbon Award by Colorado Coalition of Domestic Violence as the Outstanding Domestic Violence Advocacy Organization in Colorado.
Available free of charge in English and Spanish, our programs are offered year round and include the following:
• Emergency Shelter Program
• Public Outreach Services
• 24-Hour Crisis Line
• Legal Advocacy
. Housing Navigation
• Children and Youth Program
• Community Education Program
"You saved my life when my relationship with my husband became dangerous for myself and my grandchild. Staying with my mom was out of the question because he knew where she lived. I was living in fear with nowhere to turn until I found Safe Shelter. Even though we were sick with fever, you figured out how to help us with a motel room for two weeks until my grandchild was symptom free, reached out to me every day and provided food and items to tide us over. Now he has been arrested and we are safe. I could not have done it without you."
- Residential and later nonresidential client during COVID-19
"I am donating to you to thank you for all you do. A few years ago an advocate came with me to the courthouse for three hours to help me fill out and submit paperwork for a protection order. I was grateful to not be alone and be with someone who knew how to navigate the paperwork. There was no charge for this. She was incredibly supportive and helpful. Thank you so much."
- Former client and donor