Women’s & Children’s Crisis Shelter is committed to provide safety shelter and hope to victims of domestic violence.
We believe that people should be treated with respect and dignity.
We believe that people have the right to live without fear of violence.
We believe in the empowerment of victims of domestic violence.
We believe in the responsibility to take action.
We believe in the need to engage the community.
In 1977 a group of community citizens came together to learn more about a problem that had just recently been named: Domestic Violence. The Southern California Coalition on Battered Women had been formed the year before, and communities all across the United States were waking up to this ever-growing problem.
The first action the committee took was opening a hotline. Calls began almost immediately. But, what to do with the victims? Some of the founders opened up their homes to the fleeing women and children. They knew this was not a long-term answer, so in 1978 they rented a house to use as their first shelter.
Since then the Women’s and Children’s Crisis Shelter has diligently served victims of domestic violence: women, men, and their children. Our mission is to provide safety, shelter and hope to victims of domestic violence. As part of our program we collaborate with other agencies to improve overall health, wellness and economic stability; provide culturally relevant and supportive intervention; provide educational information for the prevention of family violence and maintain a 24-hour hotline. We operate on a 24-hour basis and all of our programs are free-of-charge.
WCCS was founded on the belief that everyone has the right to a violence-free environment; that violence, be it physical, actual or threatened, emotional or psychological, has no place in healthy relationships. We are dedicated to helping the victims at whatever stage they are.
Bonnie Jo Panagos
We are proud to present our 2015-2016 Annual Report. Check out our Program Accomplishments below or download the Annual Report.
mothers and their children were provided with safe shelter (59 women and 144 children).
The capacity of our 45-day stay emergency shelter is 31 individuals.
In addition, 2 families entered with their pets; 1 cat and 1 hamster.
hotline calls from victims and survivors of domestic violence, their families and/or allies were answered.
All hotline operators are bilingual in English and Spanish and provide each caller with a minimum of 3 referrals. Our hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
individual safe nights were spent in our shelter.
The emergency shelter home is comprised of 7 bedrooms (28 beds and 3 cribs) and 4 restrooms. The average shelter stay per family is 20 days.
WCCS is supported through the generosity of the institutions and community groups mentioned here. On behalf of the women they have helped, and will help in the future, we give our heartfelt thanks.
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