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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


Core Values

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.

Types of Advocacy We Provide

Programs Director: Assists the Executive Director with the human resource related task such as the recruitment of new staff and scheduling. Works with program staff and the executive director to develop and set goals for programs. Provides oversight for all programs and program staff by monitoring performance of the staff and program and determining areas of improvement and prepares monthly statistical reports for grant funders.
DV Response Advocate: The Domestic Violence Response Advocate is responsible for making the first contact with a victim of domestic violence after being notified by local law enforcement. The DV Response Advocate informs the victim of their rights and the services provided by Shelter From the Storm.
Transitional Service Coordinator: Transitional Services Coordinator is responsible for transitional housing assistance that includes goal planning and case management to help survivors with permanent housing and other related needs. 
DHS Co-Located Advocate: Working  collaboratively with the Department of Human Services and local community partners, the Co-Located advocate works to ensure accessible, meaningful services on-site at DHS for those who endure specific barriers that limits them from accessing services at Shelter From the Storm office.
Housing Manger: Our Emergency Shelter on-site advocate provides mobile advocacy for clients in housing transition. 
Crisis Response Advocate: Provides quality advocacy and crisis response for victims/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and elder abuse. The crisis response advocate acts as the lead advocate for situations that pertain to sexual assault by providing direct advocacy both during office hours and immediate response anytime SART is activated. Advocates assist survivors with safety assessments/planning, referrals, information and peer support.
EOU Privilege Campus Advocate: In partnership with Eastern Oregon University, Shelter From the Storm is glad to have a co-located advocate serving the campus community. The Privileged Campus Advocate provides confidential advocacy and support services to students, staff, and faculty on-site at the main EOU campus. The PCA office is located in Zabel 113.
Office Advocacy: Shelter From the Storm offers free and confidential in office advocacy to provide emotional support, information, choices, safety planning, and any assistance we can to meet basic needs.   


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