Saturday, September 14, 2013

Idaho Press-Tribune: Other Organizations Step Up to Take Care of the Women Valley Crisis Center Can’t

Posted By on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 at 2:00 PM

About 25 women and children will be able to remain at the Valley Crisis Center for another two weeks or so, now that the center has closed its doors. The Hope’s Door shelter in Caldwell is helping to keep the services available for the time being. Then Hope’s Door will be the only domestic violence shelter in Canyon County, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune.

Nampa Family Justice Center Executive Director Rebecca Lovelace said abuse survivors in Nampa will have a tougher choice to make about leaving their abusers. 

“There’s already so many hurdles and obstacles,” she told the Tribune. For example, if a woman works in Nampa and doesn't have a vehicle, finding transportation to Hope’s Door in Caldwell could add to her already stressful situation.

Residential space at Hope’s Door will also be an issue as it absorbs the extra clients. Boise Rescue Mission Ministries has offered to accommodate any women and children displaced by the closure of the center.

The Press-Tribune reported that Advocates Against Family Violence announced its intentions to begin working with current residents of the Valley Crisis Center, helping to ensure the shelter residents have a safe place to stay and continue to receive services that prepare them to transition back into the community.

The crisis center closed its doors on Friday, Sept. 13 after months of financial turmoil.


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