The Family Shelter seeks to create a new shelter, a facility of service and hope, for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The facility includes a 24-bed emergency shelter, children’s play room, kitchen, dining room and an administration/counseling/advocacy area.
Our vision offers a collaborative approach in working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. A bigger space will give us opportunity for resources and on-site services in areas like substance abuse and parenting support. Accessibility to programs under one roof will offer a wide range of support available to all clients.
The Family Shelter has been privileged to serve Carter, Love, Johnston, and Murray counties for nearly thirty years. It has been our mission, purpose, and passion to answer the calls for help, assist victims in finding a refuge from risk of death and serious physical injury, provide food and shelter, legal and medical support, and help survivors to become financially stable and visibly strong. We now look to our community to join with us to continue the mission.
Together we can create a safe place for survivors. We can let them know that there is a Shelter in Place…. of Violence.
Close your eyes and picture this…. 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence (e.g. beating, burning, strangling) by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Domestic violence does not discriminate. 3 out of the 4 of you reading this right now, know someone who is affected by domestic violence. Most cases are never reported to police.
Domestic violence is dangerous and destructive to those who are directly or indirectly affected by it. Oklahoma ranks 6th in the nation in terms of the number of those experiencing intimate partner violence. The need to aid these victims is real and the vision is clear. For Carter, Love, Johnston and Murray counties the Family Shelter offers that aid.
Since 1991, the Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma has extended its arms to serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Each year, over 400 victims seek refuge, comfort and healing through our 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, advocacy services and comprehensive programs on how to escape violence, find safety and move forward with their lives. After almost 30 years of service, the Family Shelter has established a history of successful, life-saving programs designed to help break the cycle of abuse.
But the demand for help is increasing! These survivors deserve to live a life free from violence, and in a place that offers professional support and the therapeutic environment needed to heal.
According to the Oklahoma Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board 2017 Report- District 20 (Carter, Johnston, Love, Marshall and Murray counties) ranks 6th in the state of domestic violence homicide victims. The Family Shelter is a safe haven for those fleeing violence.
Carrie Pfrehm, Chair
Scott Callender, Vice Chair
Brent Harness, Treasurer
Kimberly Lynch, Secretary
Sister Carolyn Stoutz
Kathy Manning, Executive Director
Phyllis Ellison, Shelter Manager
Hillary Carmona, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Dee Dee Hunter, Victim Advocate
Stacey Rose, Victim Advocate
Lena Mosley, Child Advocate
Liz Mai, Shelter Advocate
Nita Clark, Administrative Assistant
Esther Rush, Resident Advocate
Dinisha Shonibare, Resident Advocate
Terra Byers, Resident Advocate
Melissa Wood, Resident Advocate
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.