SHCC is hosting two events during National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. The featured guest at these events is Kit Gruelle, a survivor of domestic violence who has worked as an advocate for battered women and their children for almost 30 years. As a renowned community educator, she has trained scores of advocates, criminal justice professionals health care providers, clergy, legislators, educators, and often guest lectures at colleges, universities, medical and law schools, schools of social work and public heath, and departments of sociology, women’s studies, and psychology on violence against women and children.
She is the subject of Private Violence, an intimate and compelling documentary on domestic violence that has premiered at the Sundance Festival and been featured on HBO.
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.
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.
For almost 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