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Safe Shelter

Our shelter can comfortably house 24 women and children. It can accommodate up to 30 women and children but not for long and not without some strain on the staff and residents. The doors to the shelter remain locked at all times and an alarm system, linked directly to Hutchinson Police Department assures a speedy response if needed. Six staff members work shifts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. The Shelter Manager is responsible for the overall management of the shelter and scheduling the five shelter relief staff to provide continuous coverage.

There is a communal kitchen, dining and living room on the main floor as well as an accessible bedroom. Upstairs there are 7 individual bedrooms, some for families and some for single residents with a room assigned to an individual/family upon arrival at the shelter. They receive a key to their room and a locker for storing valuables. Residents are responsible for keeping their room clean as well as doing their own cooking and laundry. An accessible bathroom is located on the main floor with an additional shower and bathroom are located upstairs.

There are minimal rules designed to ensure the safety and confidentiality of the women and children who come to live here. Safety is the number one priority and determining factor for admission to the shelter. The average length of stay in the shelter is 2-4 weeks, but every situation is considered on an individual basis and based on the needs of the survivor seeking shelter. Safety planning is done with every survivor upon admission and again on exiting the shelter. A goals meeting is scheduled with residents within 72 hours of intake and goals are reviewed frequently during the survivors stay. Empowerment and leading a violence free life are the ultimate goals for everyone entering the shelter. An advocate is assigned to work with each individual/family during their stay in the shelter and for follow-up advocacy upon their exit from the shelter.

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