Prevention. Outreach. Shelter.
Services We Provide
Women's Shelter Inc. provides a wide range of supportive services designed to meet the individual's self defined goals. Our main purpose of emergency housing encompasses shelter, 24 hour crisis intervention, transportation, food, clothing, and access to donated items. Our general advocacy services help women with safety planning, court advocacy, Orders for Protection or Harassment Order assistance, referrals to area agencies, support and information groups, and individual support/advocacy. Women's Advocates accompany women to their appointments and help connect them with area resources as they move forward on their goals.
The Regional Shelter is short-term, temporary, emergency housing for women and children seeking safety from domestic abuse. Women's Shelter, Inc. provides a handicapped accessible, safe and secure building, food, access to donated items, transportation, and specially trained advocates available 24 hours a day.
The International Shelter offers short-term, temporary, emergency housing for immigrant women and children seeking refuge from domestic abuse. Women's Shelter, Inc. provides a safe and secure building, food, access to donated items, and specially trained advocates available 24 hours a day.
Women who need an opportunity to transition from shelter living to independent living are invited to stay in the Transition House. Women pay 25% of their income to stay in a clean, comfortable, and safe building. A Transition House advocate is available to renters during scheduled hours.« Back to top
24-hour Crisis Line
Staffed 24-hours a day, 7-days a week by trained domestic abuse advocates, the crisis line provides counseling and referrals to anyone seeking information about domestic violence. Compassionate and caring advocates are available at any time to talk about current or past situations, and provide callers with information about community resources or the option of shelter services.
Our caring and compassionate advocacy staff provides individual support and help with opportunities for personal growth. Advocates also provide assistance with safety planning, housing options, transportation, assistance with criminal and civil court issues, assistance in writing Orders for Protection and Harassment Orders, and help in applying for government assistance. We also have satellite offices in Dodge, Fillmore and Wabasha Counties.
Offered once a week, support group gives women the chance to talk about their experiences with a trained community education advocate. Topics range from types of abuse and manipulation, to finding housing and personal growth. Childcare is available to women during group.
Information about domestic violence is offered weekly at Family Services Rochester. Transportation and a light meal is provided free of charge. Group follows a 12-week schedule with topics including Forms of Abuse, Cycle of Abuse, Effects of Abuse on Children, Self-Esteem and Body Image, and Setting Boundaries. A corresponding children's group and childcare are also available free of charge. Information Group is facilitated by a trained advocate from the Women's Shelter, and is also offered in Spanish.« Back to top
Residents and non-residents may contact Women's Shelter for help in writing and filing an Order for Protection (OFP) or an Harassment Restraining Order (HRO). These are court orders designed to offer some protection from an abusive or harassing partner. Trained advocates will attend the hearings with the victims as well.
Criminal Court Advocacy
The Intervention Project for Domestic Assault (IPDA) is Women's Shelter, Inc.'s criminal court advocacy and offender monitoring program. A trained, dedicated IPDA advocate is available to guide victims through the criminal court process when a partner is charged with domestic assault. Through the IPDA program, Women's Shelter, Inc. is also able to track cases through the system and discover patterns and trends in our area. Her office is located at the Olmsted County Government Center, Victim Services.« Back to top
Childcare is offered on-site during the week and is provided by a trained Children's Advocate. Childcare is free of charge to women staying at the shelter who have general appointments, housing appointments, and interviews. Childcare is also offered during the weekly Support and Information Groups.
Children's Group is offered weekly at Family Service Rochester. While the women learn about different topics relating to domestic violence, their children will learn corresponding information that is age appropriate. Children's Group is taught by our trained Children's Advocate. Children too young to participate in Children's Group attend childcare provided free of charge by volunteers.
Our trained Children's Advocate will help mom's register their children for a school, set up transportation, and provide each school-age child with school supplies.« Back to top
Women's Shelter, Inc. provides free speakers to groups or organizations in our community looking to learn more about the shelter, our services, or domestic violence in general. Speakers can be requested for girl scout troops, church groups, classrooms, mother's groups, neighborhood groups, or any other organization. Speaking topics include an introduction to domestic violence, and an introduction to Women's Shelter, Inc. and its services. Additionally, custom presentations can be designed to meet your group's specific needs.
If your group or organization is interested in more comprehensive information, please contact our Community Coordinator to design a custom training. Domestic violence trainings available to specific occupations include: law enforcement, the legal community, the medical community, religious institutions, beauty salons, K-12 schools, and higher educational institutions. Trainings can range from 45 minutes to two days depending on the needs of the requesting group.
All training is free of charge.
Information group is offered weekly at Family Services Rochester. Transportation and a light meal is provided free of charge. Group follows a 12-week schedule with topics including Forms of Abuse, Cycle of Abuse, Effects of Abuse on Children, Self-Esteem and Body Image, and Setting Boundaries. A corresponding children's group and childcare are also available free of charge. Information Group is facilitated by a trained advocate from the Women's Shelter, and is also offered in Spanish.« Back to top