Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Safety Net

If you look on our website or in our brochures, you’ll see:

“Hope House services form a safety net of prevention, education and support for more than 10,000 victims of domestic violence every year.”

So what does the term “safety net” mean?

What’s a Safety Net?

Photo by Stephanie Bennett Vogt
When a woman enters shelter, her life has just taken a drastic turn. A million thoughts are swirling through her head:
  •          How will the kids get to school?
  •          Where will they get clothing to wear to school?
  •          Where am I going to live now?
  •          I was a stay-at-home mom. How will I survive without an income?
Hope House provides a web of services - a “safety net” - to keep her afloat so her life doesn’t continue to spiral downward.

Services Included in the Safety Net

The safety net includes services to handle immediate needs like:
  •          A safe place to sleep
  •          Help figuring out how she’ll get to work/the kids will get to school
  •          Clothing and personal items
  •          Three meals a day
But it also covers long-term needs such as:
  •          Help finding a place to live
  •          Help with legal issues like divorce or custody
  •          Therapy
This list doesn’t begin to list all the services available. Our advocates also help our clients navigate the maze of services available from other agencies like applying for government assistance, or getting mental health counseling.

Photo by Lisa Truscott @
Think Trapeze Artist at the Circus

Just like the trapeze artist at the circus whose life depends on the safety net that will catch them if they fall, Hope House services are here to keep a woman from hitting rock bottom while she transitions from being a victim to being a survivor.

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