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Our mission is to end sexual and domestic violence while providing education, safety, and support to our community.

The original door from our previous shelter is now displayed as a piece of art at our current location as a symbol of safety, hope and healing.

Our History

The Emergency Support Shelter (ESS), a not-for-profit 501 (C) 3, has been in existence since
1978.  Originally organized to provide just domestic violence services, the agency has
expanded over the years to include sexual assault/abuse services as well as advocacy
services for victims of other crimes.


Our current shelter has 16 rooms with 56  beds and 4 cribs to provide emergency shelter for
women and their children who are recent victims of domestic violence or sexual assault.  The
length of stay is 60 days, with extensions available for extenuating circumstances.  During their
stay, women have access to a wide array of advocacy services to help them create a safety plan,
navigate the legal system, etc.   Our advocates provide personal support, information and referrals to women to help them achieve their goals for a future free from violence.  All of our services are offered at no cost regardless of a client’s income.
To learn more about each of our programs, click on the "Services" tab at the top of this page.

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