We provide long-term safe shelter for women and children in crisis. The first priority of the Village is to provide women and their children with a safe, abuse-free environment while meeting their basic needs for food, shelter and clothing, but a long-term approach is essential to accomplish lasting change and restoration. We believe a long-term approach is necessary to address the obstacles faced by the women and children who come to us seeking assistance. To facilitate this we evaluate and track each individual situation to determine length of residency. Our average stay is six months to a year.
We provide a faith-based and trauma-informed approach at our shelter for women and children in crisis. As part of a trauma-informed response approach, each of our residents is provided with free counseling, advocacy, and spiritual care. After arriving at the Village, women meet with our advocate and counselor to develop a goal plan. This plan includes specific life and therapeutic goals that they will work towards while at the Village. These goals are monitored through weekly meetings to ensure the best level of success possible.
Since Restoration Village opened in June 1989, hundreds have been given refuge, support and hope in a home environment. Our residents come to our crisis shelter from a variety of circumstances: homeless, often with children or pregnant, needing security, hope and encouragement to overcome the traumas of sexual, emotional or physical abuse. Whatever the crisis, we work with our residents to restore hope and break the cycle of abuse. We also employ a two-generation approach identified by the Aspen Institute, for reducing child poverty. The approach acknowledges that “The future success of children depends on the more short-term success of their parents. This strategy combines child-focused and parent-focused efforts to create an all-inclusive family model.”