The Crisis Center recently shifted our traditional emergency shelter program to an evidenced-based advocacy model called the Community Advocacy Program (CAP). CAP is a 10 week program where the client and advocate work together to achieve the client’s desired goals. While we will continue to offer limited emergency shelter to those in imminent danger in Douglas and Elbert Counties and the 18th Judicial District, the CAP model allows our advocates to meet clients in their community and utilize their natural resources, which shows more positive outcomes, greater healing, and sustained self-sufficiency.
We also partner with local law enforcement on the Lethality Assessment Program (LAP), an evidenced-based assessment that a law enforcement officer completes while at a domestic violence call. Based upon the victim’s answers to the assessment, it will show if the victim is at greater risk for homicide. The officer will then contact the Crisis Center advocate and the victim may choose to speak with the advocate at that time. This immediate intervention by police and the Crisis Center proves to have positive impact on victim safety and ultimately save lives.
The emergency shelter program offers a safe shelter at a confidential location for individuals and families who are seeking refuge from intimate-partner violence.
- Individuals and/or families who are seeking shelter will call our 24-hour crisis line at 303-688-8484 and complete a 20 minute phone screen.
- For callers where English is not the primary language we can make arrangements to complete the phone screen with an interpreter.
- The purpose of the phone screen is to determine if the Crisis Center is able to assist you with shelter. If not, we will provide referrals to other agencies.
- Once a person is informed they are able to come to shelter, we will hold a space for a person up to 24 hours.
- Upon arriving at shelter, an individual will be informed about all the programs and services that are available while in shelter and will complete all necessary paperwork around confidentiality and safety.
- The stay in shelter is short-term, for up to one week.
- During your stay we will provide case management, community referrals, safety planning, and help meet basic needs such as food and clothing.
- Group and individual counseling services are also available.
- Groups include:
- Coping Skills
- Support Group
- Parenting Group
- Domestic Violence Education
- Kids Groups
- A Primary Advocate will work with you to create a plan that can assist you beyond your stay at our emergency shelter.
- Groups include:
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I bring my pets? Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate family pets. We simply to do have the space to keep animals. We do have resources that we can refer you to if you are needing to find safe shelter for your pet.
What is the living space going to be like? All clients share common living spaces (kitchen, living room, dining room, laundry facilities). Clients are assigned a bedroom. Individuals should be aware that they do have to share bedrooms. Families are given their own bedroom. Additionally individuals may have to share a bathroom with someone of a different gender and/or sexual orientation.
What can I bring with me? We encourage individuals to bring clothing, important documents and medications, if possible. Due to lack of space, we ask that you limit the amount of bags you bring to approximately three bags per individual, if possible. Keep in mind that people share space in bedrooms and there is not a lot of space for storing items.
If you or someone you know needs help because of an abusive relationship, call our 24-hour crisis line at 303-688-8484