Emergency Support Shelter

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More than doubling the numbers of rooms and beds  it can offer, the Emergency Support Shelter’s new location in Longview allows more clients to receive assistance, plus gives them much needed privacy. This change is expected to keep domestic abuse victims at the shelter longer, reducing the chance they will return to abusive situations as they come to realize they are capable of caring for themselves. The new location allows each household to have its own private room and bathroom, where the previous location in Kelso often saw three or four households in each room. The communal type living situation created increased anxiety in many of the people it was trying to help. The new shelter allows advocates to focus their time more on supporting people as they plan for their future instead of dealing with conflicts caused by the lack of privacy. It also has safe and secure indoor and outdoor areas where children and their parents can go to play and unwind and a chapel/meditation area. It is designed to be  a refuge where residents are able to find rest, peace and support.