Helping women, children escape dangerous situations

November 23, 2013 

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Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus has opened a branch Turlock, which offers counseling, legal services, case management, support groups and youth services to victims of sexual and domestic abuse.

MARIJKE ROWLAND — mrowland@modbee.com Buy Photo

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  • ABOUT THE AGENCY

    • Address: 618 13th St., Modesto, CA 95354

    •  Phone: (209) 524-4331

    •  Website: www.havenwcs.org

    •  How we help those in need:

    One-on-one and group counseling

    Legal services (restraining order assistance and court accompaniment)

    Education and outreach

    24-hour crisis line

    Emergency shelter

    Transitional housing

    Youth programs (for children and teens)

    Case management

    •  Individuals and/or families assisted per month:

    In 2012, on average, about 230 people per month

    •  How a $10 donation helps:

    Diapers for a child

    Socks and underwear for a child

    Toiletries for a woman

    •  $25 donation:

    Blanket, pillow and sheets for a shelter resident

    Group counseling session for support group clients

    Meals for a mother and child

    •  $50 donation:

    Bedding for a family

    Two to three one-on-one counseling sessions for a client

    Materials and snacks for a Kids Count group

    •  $100 donation:

    New clothing for a small family

    Several days worth of food for shelter residents

    Educational materials and giveaway items for an awareness event

    •  Volunteer update:

    We are always looking for volunteers, both for providing direct service with clients and for helping with fundraising and other events. To volunteer, call Volunteer and Training Program Manager Michele Aiken at (209) 524-4331.

Haven Women’s Center will celebrate its 36th anniversary in December of this year.

Started in 1977 as Haven Stanislaus Refuge Center, the organization has since merged with the Women’s Center of Stanislaus and the Stanislaus Rape Task Force to become what it is today — a resource for women who are victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In 2013, Haven opened a branch in Turlock to expand the accessibility of services there. Haven operates a shelter for women and children escaping a dangerous home situation.

There, clients go through a 60-day program that includes case management services, support groups, restraining order assistance, referrals and advocacy. Haven also operates a 24-hour crisis line, where women can get help at any time.

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