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Through Public Information And Networking With Local, State, And National Agencies, We Work To Change The Conditions That Lead To Violence
WHO WE ARE
We believe every person has the right to be free from domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and stalking. We are dedicated to ending interpersonal violence by providing direct services to the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Shelter From the Storm provides a safe environment and emotional support for any victims of domestic and sexual violence from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds, regardless of age and/or lifestyle.
Through crisis intervention, counseling and practical support, Shelter From the Storm helps victims take control of their lives and develop healthy interpersonal relationships.
— Our Story
A group of volunteers from Union County, Baker County, and Wallowa County got together and organized what would eventually become Shelter From the Storm. They worked without funding, housing victims in their own homes, and donating needed services. In 1979, they applied for non-profit status.
The Union County volunteers received their first funding and hired a part-time Volunteer Coordinator to supervise volunteers, develop services for battered women, and seek further funding.
We were named the Task Force on Domestic Violence.
The Union County based volunteers assisted Baker County volunteers in forming their own program that we now know as May
Our name was officially changed to Shelter From the Storm.
After many years of using private family homes and motels to
provide emergency shelter to victimized families, Shelter From the Storm opened a 14 bed residential shelter.
Shelter From the Storm then helped Wallowa County volunteers in
creating their own organization that we now know as Safe Harbors.
Shelter From the Storm completed a Community Advocacy Center that housed its offices. The location was in a central location for
the community to meet and address issues of violence, abuse, and
neglect that affected families in Union County.
Union County Commissioners decided to demolish the Community Advocacy Center and build a new county courthouse in that location.
Shelter From the Storm relocated to our current office in Island City. With community support both financially and in kind, the building was remodeled to provide a safe and welcoming space that serves the unique needs of our client population.
Our office building was purchased and became the permanent location for the Shelter From the Storm Advocacy Center.
Our residential shelter was remodeled and given an update to create a beautiful, calming space for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
— Our Mission
The mission of Shelter From the Storm is to provide services to those who have been impacted by interpersonal violence, sexual assault and stalking through advocacy, education and awareness.
— Our Vision
Through public information and networking with local, state, and national agencies, we work to change the conditions that lead to violence.
— What is an Advocate?
An advocate gives a voice to someone that needs it . We believe people and respect their experiences when they tell us their stories. Advocates are professionals trained to support survivors. We respect autonomy and the decisions that survivors make for their own lives. Advocates seek to help empower others. Advocates provide a variety of services ranging from crisis intervention, staffing crisis hotlines, and providing
emergency shelter to offering information and referrals to those who seek services.