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 39 years ago, Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley (name change in 2003) has expanded and diversified. Clients of all ages receive an integrated, comprehensive, trauma-informed system of counseling, advocacy, case management, and legal advocacy in Emergency Shelter and non-residential Outreach facilities. Our community education programs raise awareness among youth and adults in educational institutions, the community at large and in human service agencies to explore the short and long-term needs that survivors of domestic violence (DV) and their families' experience. 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
• Children and Youth Program
• Community Education Program
To All The Safe Shelter Staff:
Thank you all so much! I was terrified and ashamed when I first reached out to you, but I thank the Gods that I did. Ever since we came you have been nothing but wonderful, supportive, and compassionate. You have treated my son with such love and respect and me. Words really can't express how grateful I am to have met all of you. The resources and tools we have been given are great, and you steadily encourage us to do our best. We are not victims but survivors. Thank you for helping me finally believing that. I know you hear more bad than good, and see most of us at our worst, but you are so valued. You are necessary heroes for a group who are often ignored. Please, whatever calling you go to next, know that I believe you should and will be blessed for everything you have done here. What we want vs. what we need is often different, but this program does give what we need. I hope to never need your services again. But will still stay in touch so you can see what a positive change you make! When I succeed in beating my past, part of that, a large part, Is thanks to all of you. May you be as blessed as I have been by knowing you.