Our four primary program areas
Although Sheltering Wings may be best known as a shelter for women and children facing domestic violence, the services we provide go far beyond ensuring basic safety regardless of gender. We group those services into four primary program areas, each with a focus on practical steps that have a significant impact.
As a Christ-centered non-profit, we view these programs as ways to extend the love and compassion of Christ with victims and the broader community. While we are happy to introduce those we serve to the teachings of Jesus, we serve people of all faiths, or no faith, and do not compel or coerce anyone to believe the way we do.
Our focus is to provide immediate access to safety and shelter. Our services in this area include 24-hour crisis call staffing, intake assessments, room assignments, complete assessments after a night of rest, and assessment of the need for children’s services.
More than 90 percent of the women who seek refuge at Sheltering Wings lack the basic life skills they need to become economically and emotionally independent. Through our case management program, we offer a variety of services that are tailored to each male and female victim’s needs. Trained staff and volunteers work to help residents develop goal-oriented plans that include job training, education, childcare, parenting skills, stress management, and legal advocacy. Our goal is promote independence and stability, minimizing the potential that they will return to an abusive situation.
Children are often the silent victims of domestic abuse. Without intervention, their experiences may lead them to become abusers or victims in their adult lives. Our children’s program includes 24-hour crisis intervention services, support groups, and age-appropriate classes focused on restoring a normal daily living, rebuilding relationships, and modeling healthy relationships.
Public education is critical to preventing future domestic violence. Our education program builds awareness and shares knowledge with the community through classes and workshops that meet a wide variety of needs and learning styles. Current education efforts include an interactive teen dating violence prevention program, as well as presentations for businesses, churches, and families in the community.