Churches

One area that we really need to do more outreach to is our faith community. In 2011, we are going to try and meet with more churches that need to learn more about how to help their congregation in how to handle situations when domestic violence, dating violence or sexual assault occur in their church. My hope is that more people will come forward in need of help, and that those they turn to will be knowledgeable about the...

Volunteers

One of the joys of working at Sheltering Wings is all of the wonderful people that walk through our doors. Among those are our treasured volunteers. Many are just like family to me. I have grown to love them and cherish our times together. We have cried together and laughed a lot. We share in the joy of the women and children and the blessings that come to us. As a non-profit we could not do what we do without each one of...

Easter

HE IS RISEN. HE IS RISEN INDEED!

It is not always physical….

Oftentimes when the topic of domestic violence is brought up there are many misconceptions. One misconception is that domestic violence is always about physical abuse. It is not always about someone being physically abused. About half of the residents at Sheltering Wings come to us not because they have been physically beaten, but because of the verbal and emotional abuse, and the controlling behavior of their partner.   It is important to remember this when someone comes to you as a victim asking for help. You need to respond with understanding and resources. As a community we must be prepared to help when the occasion presents itself. Be informed, learn about your community and the resources that are available. As a victim just because you are not being physically beaten, does not mean you are not a victim of domestic violence. Our residents have often said, “the scars will heal, it’s the words I can’t get out of my head.” Please do not minimize – get...

Another tragedy

Over the weekend another domestic violence death occurred on the far west-side of Indianapolis. As is the case in all cases of homicide – it is unexpected and numbing. With domestic violence cases everyone wonders – why didn’t I see the signs – how could I have prevented this – what could I have done to prevent this – what if I had said something to help her leave ….. and the questions continue. To be honest there is no answer.  There have been cases where friends and family did step in, did say the right things and yet still tragedy occurred. My heart aches for this family – and, I continue to ask myself when will it...

HMIS Notice of Privacy Practices

Effective 06-01-04, Sheltering Wings Center for Women THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY. ICHHI’s Hoosier Management Information System (HMIS) When you request services from this agency, we enter information about you and members of your family that are with you into a computer system called HMIS, or Hoosier Management Information System. HMIS is a project of the Indiana Coalition on Housing and Homeless Issues, Inc. (ICHHI). HMIS is used by many agencies in Indiana that provide services to persons and families in need. The information collected in the HMIS will help us do things like reduce duplicate intakes, document the need for services, and generate reports such as the number of persons who are homeless in Indiana. How your information in the HMIS may be used or disclosed without your consent Unless restricted by other laws, the information can be used by or disclosed to the following without your specific written consent: Authorized people who work in this agency for administrative purposes related to providing services to you or your family, or for billing or funding purposes. Auditors or others who review the work of this agency or need to review the information to provide services to this agency.1 The HMIS system administrator, ICHHI, and its designees, and the HMIS developer, Foothold Technology, Inc. They may see the information for administrative purposes (for example, to check data errors). Individuals performing academic research who have signed a research agreement with this agency or ICHHI. Your name, social security number or other...