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Shelter Program

The shelter provides a safe haven for victims of family violence and/or sexual assault who are being physically, sexually or emotionally abused and have no safe place to go or way to get there.  Services are provided to residents of a seven-county service area, which includes Autauga, Butler, Chilton, Crenshaw, Elmore, Lowndes and Montgomery counties.  Victims from other counties and out-of-state are admitted when space is available on a case-by-case basis.   

While victims must first take time to recover from the major trauma that brings them to shelter, they soon begin working with staff to develop workable options for their future independence and safety. Shelter features 12 bedrooms, which can be outfitted to suit the needs of the family.  While individuals or families are in shelter, staff try hard to meet all their basic needs.  If they come to the agency without clothing or other basic provisions, those are supplied if possible. 

The shelter has four fully stocked kitchens where residents can prepare meals.  Washing machines and dryers are available.  There is a central living area where residents can watch television and socialize, and a playground where children can get fresh air, sunshine, play games and simply be kids.  Families can attend counseling sessions, group meetings, receive medical and legal assistance through volunteer relationships with the Montgomery Area Family Residency Program and Thomas Goode Jones Law School, receive assistance in getting children enrolled in and transported to school, and help in accessing other services in the community.  Children’s advocates are available to work with little ones.  

As families feel more secure and safer to move on, case managers begin working with them to help find a place to live, and a follow-up counselor helps them secure the items they need to set up housekeeping and access needed services in the community.  As an alternative, they can apply to live at the agency’s Exodus Community, which provides transitional housing for up to two years while victims continue their education, receive job training, build their self-esteem, benefit from mentoring services and plan for their future. 

If you feel you or a loved one is in a dangerous situation, don’t hesitate to call the toll free crisis line 24-hours a day.


PO Box 5160, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-5160      334.206.2100