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Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley

Safe Shelter provides safety, support, and resources to individuals affected by domestic abuse. We promote empowerment through direct services and community education, advocating for the right of every individual to live a life free of intimidation, exploitation, and abuse.

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COVID-19 Emergency Domestic Violence Victim Services

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Animals
Crime/Abuse Victims
Homeless
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges

Description

Because of the COVID-19-related quarantining, stay at home orders, our clients are reporting that their abusers are utilizing more severe tactics to maintain their control. Survivors report increased personal isolation, threats and violence caused by a lack of alternative safe spaces to go. Those clients who have left their abusers are facing financial turmoil, having lost their means of income or left employment to care for their children.

Your donation to Safe Shelter will help us continue to provide emergency food, rental and utilities assistance, gift cards and motel stays for victims who are struggling to keep themselves and their children free from their abuser.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Survivors and their children will receive the basic needs, financial support and emotional counseling to stay stable and avoid returning to their abuser.

Housing Navigation

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

At-Risk Populations
Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Homeless
Immigrants, Newcomers, Refuges
Single Parents

Description

Safe Shelter provides case management, community advocacy and referrals to individuals and families seeking safe, affordable housing. Our Housing Navigator serves as a representative on committees, taskforces and teams working to address the housing crisis in the Front Range and metro Denver. Safe Shelter also provides emergency funds and basic needs to survivors who are entering into housing units for the first time or are in danger of losing their homes due to unexpected emergencies.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Nonresidential Outreach Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Crime/ Abuse Victims

Description

Public offices provide crisis intervention, counseling, case management, advocacy, and referrals for DV victims to support their basic needs, healing, safety planning, and progress toward self-identified economic and personal self-sufficiency goals. We offer case management, housing navigation, emergency funds and basic needs; and maintain active relationships with, primary and mental health services, transitional housing and workforce programs, working with our families up to two-years.

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Evidence of Program's Success

• 92.5% of Safe Shelter clients surveyed reported that they had developed effective strategies for increasing their safety and that of their children.
• 95% reported an improvement in their ability to access community resources;
• 90% felt more hopeful about their future.
• 93% had more confidence in their decision-making.


Legal Services Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified
Military

Description

Provides information and assistance for victims engaged with the justice system through assistance with protection orders, criminal justice and fair housing advocacy, advocacy within the child protection system, VISA and U Visa assistance, other legal services, and referrals for attorney representation. The Expanded Legal Services Program and Immigration Legal Services programs provide funds for attorney representation for victims who cannot afford and/or do not qualify for traditional Legal Aid. Clients often must tackle complex legal housing, safety, financial, child protection, and post decree changes that are critical for their ability overcome their situation.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Last year over 300 victims of violence gained access to equal justice by this program through our legal advocacy and crisis intervention, funds for those in need of legal representation who do not qualify for Legal Aid, and free legal assistance.

Community Outreach and Prevention Education

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
At-Risk Populations
General population

Description

Provides audience-specific presentations, workshops, seminars, and in-service sessions for community groups, organizations and businesses. Topics include information on the dynamics of abuse, prevention strategies for dealing with violent relationships and resources available.
-Teens Ending Relationship Abuse (TERA): A leadership development and peer education program in which teen facilitators are trained to educate their peers about dating violence and healthy relationships through presentations St. Vrain Valley High schools.
-Coaching Boys Into Men is an evidence-based, 12-session athletics-based violence-prevention curriculum with each session building on the previous. Trained coaches deliver sessions that discuss healthy relationships, leadership skills, interventions when observing abusive language or behaviors. Coaches learn how to incorporate themes associated with teamwork, integrity, fair play, and respect into their daily practice and routine.
-Athletes as leaders is a 10-session curriculum with female coaches and athletes, teaching empowerment, healthy relationships and intervention techniques.

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Evidence of Program's Success

- 80% of participants "Agree" or "Strongly Agree" that the information they have learned will be useful in helping a friend.
- 82.5% "Agree" or "Strongly Agree" that they can now recognize warning signs of an abusive relationship.
- 85% of TERA youth said they can better recognize signs of abuse in a relationship; and 88% said the information they learned will be useful in their lives.

Children and Youth Programs

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - Other Specified
Families
At-Risk Populations

Description

Focuses on breaking the inter-generational cycle of abuse by supporting children and adolescents in the development of non-violent interpersonal skills; offering individual and group counseling as an outlet for appropriate expression of feelings; and providing educational and recreational activities to create normalcy in a time of crisis.

We support parents in developing strategies to help their children heal; and provides time and space for parents to engage positively with their children.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Emergency Shelter Program

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Crime/Abuse Victims
Families
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)

Description

Our inclusive, ADA-compliant. pet-friendly shelter, constructed in 2008, offers 31 bed spaces 24/7. It provides immediate protection for families fleeing imminent danger for 4-6 weeks. The Extended Shelter Stay Program was created, allowing a stay of 6 months to 1 year for victims whose circumstances prevent them from obtaining employment and/or affordable housing within the emergency/crisis 6-week time frame.

As part of the shelter program, approximately 200 adults and children each year meet with Advocates who assist with crisis intervention, safety planning and the development of personal plans for self-sufficiency. Residents receive counseling and case management to help secure goals such as education, employment and housing, ass well as community referrals to meet basic individual and family needs. Bus passes and transportation assistance is provided when needed, and we offer small funds to pay for rental applications, and basic needs. Small grants help with emergency needs such as car repairs or utility down payments; children receive book bags and school supplies. Other items include clothing, toiletries and child care items.

Residents attend group and individual counseling to help victims understand the dynamics of violent relationships and explore ways to begin the healing process.

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Evidence of Program's Success

• 91% of shelter clients surveyed indicated a gain in personal safety planning knowledge; 87% gained in understanding of domestic violence dynamics; 95% have a better understanding of how to access community resources.

24-Hour Crisis Hotline

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Crime/Abuse Victims
General Public/Unspecified
At-Risk Populations
Homeless

Description

Trained staff and interns answer the crisis line 24/7 in English and Spanish to provide crisis support and referrals to our shelter, as well as information and referrals to community resources.

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Evidence of Program's Success

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