If you saw the NEWS domestic violence shelter from the street you would never know it was a safe house for women escaping violence. It does not look like what you typically picture when you think of a homeless shelter. It’s a nice four-bedroom home in a quiet residential neighborhood. The difference is that the number one concern for the residents is finding safety from someone who has abused them. The children may be playing in the yard, or doing homework as their moms cook dinner, but the staff is always on alert to ensure that the women and children there can rest easy knowing they are in a confidential location. There is a trained staff person at the shelter 24 hours a day.
Children's Homework and play room
Family bedroom w/private bath
In accordance with the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (426 U.S.C. 10401 et seq.), NEWS does not mandate participation in supportive services as a condition of shelter residency or emergency services. Therefore, NEWS services are completely voluntary and require the consent of an individual in order to provide services.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step -- Chinese Proverb