The Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Shelterhouse) provides a safe haven no matter the time of day or night. Locally, thousands of women, children and men are touched by domestic violence or sexual assault each year. No one is immune to domestic or sexual violence – it touches those from all income categories, educational levels and ethnic, cultural or religious backgrounds. Clients can count on the agency’s compassionate, professional staff and safe location. Shelterhouse offers hope and healing for those whose lives have been impacted by violence.
In 1980, the Gerstacker Foundation and the Midland Area Community Foundation provided initial funding to help establish a facility known as Shelterhouse. Since that time Shelterhouse has grown to provide comprehensive services including community education, prevention programs, counseling services, advocacy, a 24-hour crisis line, shelter and court liaison services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. All services for victims are free and confidential. In addition, educational groups for those convicted of domestic violence focus on changing behavior to stop violence in relationships. With its mission to eliminate domestic and sexual violence by providing advocacy, education and shelter for people in Midland and Gladwin counties, Shelterhouse works tirelessly to serve the community.
“The Gerstacker Foundation has always been a strong and passionate supporter of the work of Shelterhouse. Their investment in our community has always included a strong interest in helping individuals who face difficult and violent situations. Whether providing funding for the facility or on-going operational support, we can always count on their vital help and support,” said Sharon Mortensen, executive director of Shelterhouse.
“Our vision is building healthy relationships, strong families and safe communities,” Mortensen continued, “and we are so thankful for the role of the Gerstacker Foundation in making this possible.”