Safe Alliance opens new Domestic Violence Shelter

December 2012

J•PA worked with Safe Alliance (formerly United Family Services) to create a safe, secure, and home-like environment in the recently opened Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter.  Situated on a beautiful five-acre site, the new facility opened in early January, welcoming area women and children seeking shelter from domestic violence.

The 40,000-sf shelter offers 80 beds compared to the 29 beds available at the former location.  With the increased capacity, Safe Alliance can now offer longer stays to clients, while still meeting the needs for short-term emergency housing and transitional accommodations.

The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art security including controlled access, more than 50 high-definition cameras, and 24/7 staffed security check points. Shelter space includes 10 emergency units and 19 apartment-style units. A beautifully landscaped interior courtyard provides a secure setting for outdoor play and can be enjoyed from an expansive, wrap-around covered porch, complete with rocking chairs and ceiling fans.

In this safe and comfortable setting, women and children in crisis can access much-needed resources including counseling rooms, a crisis hotline, cafeteria / dining rooms, children’s library, life skills training, health care services, and employment counseling.