LeeShore's 32-bed emergency shelter offers safe housing for women and their children who have been victimized by domestic violence and sexual assault.
Pets are permitted with prior approval.
We also arrange for transportation to the shelter on an as needs basis. We also have provided emergency travel assistance to victims who wish to leave the community for safety reasons, within the bounds of local, state and federal laws.
Crisis intervention services are available during business hours for non-residential clients or from our 24-hour crisis line (283-7257). Advocates conduct assessments and interviews in a private, confidential office. Translators for language and hearing barriers are available. Foreign language brochures available.
Advocates help clients explore options and identify goals. Safety plans are encouraged and devised with walk-in, residential and crisis line clients.
Advocates also assist victims with other needs, such as finding safe, affordable housing; completing protective orders; Violent Crimes Compensation Board (VCCB) applications; accessing medical care and legal services; accessing mental health and other social services; providing transportation; obtaining emergency material needs; and providing court accompaniment.
Advocacy and emotional support are provided as victims negotiate the legal system. LeeShore offers court-based legal advocacy. As integral members of the local Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), we provide sexual assault advocacy and support at the victim's request.
Weekly community education support groups are open to women in the community. See Calendar for dates and times. (No child care provided during these groups.)
Referrals may be made to The LeeShore Center's Transitional Living Center (TLC) when immediate safety is no longer an issue.
TLC provides long term (up to 2 years) supportive housing for women and children in order to help build a stronger capacity for sustainable life changes.
LeeShore's Child Advocate provides advocacy, support, education, and assistance with school work and other services for children in shelter.
Individual support and age appropriate educational groups covering topics such as:
Teens receive additional information on subjects such as positive communication skills, dating safety, domestic violence, sexual assault and date rape.