Our Women’s shelter is a state-of-the-art, 17,000-square-foot, 60-bed residential facility for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence.
The facility replaced a much smaller, inadequate 15-bed shelter that ADV had operated near downtown Riverside for more than 20 years and fulfilled a decades-old dream.
The campaign to build Our Women’s shelter began in earnest in 2001. Seed money to begin the project came in the form of a $400,000 federal grant. Then, as if by providence, a parcel of land was offered near Sun City in central Riverside County. Over the succeeding months, ADV’s executive director and board of directors raised a total of $2.4 million in cash and in-kind services. And, finally, after decades of work, Our Women’s shelter opened its doors for the first time in March of 2005.
In December 2006, Our Women’s shelter welcomed its 100th shelter client (with a total of 180 children) and continues to provide longer lengths of stay for families through its transitional living program.
Our Women’s shelter has provided over 6,587 bed-nights as of Dec. 31, 2006.
“You can’t change overnight. That’s why it takes a lot of support and feedback from others who have been through it, and it takes education.
“This is a beautiful place. The staff takes pride in working here and the clients take pride in staying here. We’re all here to help each other. We try to make it as real as possible. A healthy community is the main goal for all of us.”