Shelter Home of Caldwell County


a safe place.


Get Help

The Shelter Home of Caldwell County (SHCC) provides emergency and support services for victims/survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault and their children.

If you or someone you know needs help, many organizations and professionals are available to provide counsel and support. The first steps are to see a doctor with any physical injuries and report a crime to law enforcement officers. SHCC provides victim advocacy service to help you navigate the system or find shelter. 


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The decision about when to seek help is a very personal one, and there are many reasons why people may not be ready or may not want to reach out. A partner may threaten to harm or kill if abuse is reported. A victim may hesitate one moment or one day too long—hoping for change. We must make every effort to provide clear and efficient avenues to reach out before it is too late.
— Lisa Clontz / SHCC Director

Get Involved

The key to our overall success is a strong connection with the local community. Your support and participation are vital to help the SHCC continue providing services to women and children whose lives have been affected by family violence.  There are many ways you can help: 

  • VOLUNTEER: We have a committed group of volunteers and wouldn't want to imagine working without them, but we need more! We want to train and support an active, energetic and committed volunteer base. Will you consider becoming a SHCC volunteer? Answering phones, assisting with childcare, sorting and organizing donated items are just a few of the important tasks where help is needed; see Volunteer Opportunities for more information.
  • MAKE A FINANCIAL GIFT: The Shelter Home of Caldwell County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that needs dedicated financial partners. While a portion of our budget comes from grants, we rely heavily on gifts from individual donors. All donations are 100% tax deductible and every dollar makes a difference. Will you consider donating to SHCC today? Donate here.
  • DONATE ITEMS: Many SHCC residents arrive with nothing but the clothes they are wearing, so there's always an immediate need for clothing and toiletry items. Helping residents begin a new life is also a part of our mission, so donations of household items like dishes, appliances and furniture are also needed. For more information, see Wish List and Second Hand Boutique.


Volunteering at the Shelter Home is a blessing of great joy to me. My job is to do anything—clean, put labels on envelopes, answer the phone, monitor security cameras and doors, whatever needs to be done. One of my favorites is to visit with children and hold babies. But I’m working undercover. My real purpose is hugs, listening and praying for staff and residents. Sharing love and encouragement and the peace of God is what I really try to do.
— A shelter volunteer
When I first came to the shelter, I felt alone. Abandoned. How could this happen to me? Now I realize that being here was a divine appointment. Being here gave me the opportunity to stop and face myself, my mistakes and the fears that were crippling me.
— A Shelter Resident

Get Acquainted

For forty years, the Shelter Home of Caldwell County has been a haven for women and children who need safe shelter and services to begin their recovery from the trauma of family violence. Since opening our doors in 1978, we have provided services for over 10,000 victims from Caldwell County and the surrounding area.


  • Provide safety and basic needs to victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault

  • Listen, help clients identify their options and discover their strengths

  • Provide information, referrals and positive support for change

  • Inform, educate and provide prevention services to the community

Dear Staff,

I just wanted to say how grateful I am to have y’all in my life. Y’all are some amazing and good-hearted women. You make me want to be a great woman for myself and my children. Thank you for all that you have done for me... (you) are my heroes and you have showed me I am worth it and that I’m stronger than I thought I was. Thank you so much!