The mission of Catalyst is to reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence through crisis intervention services, community education and the promotion of healthy relationships.Learn More
Catalyst is a nonprofit organization committed to serving the needs of all victims of domestic violence and their children regardless of ethnicity, citizenship, language, religion, physical disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status.
If you are experiencing abuse in your relationship, Catalyst can help. Our advocates are available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist you in the event of a crisis.
In addition to direct services and outreach, Catalyst is also able to provide referrals to other resources, organizations, and agencies.
1 in 3 people will experience relationship abuse in their lifetime. Catalyst is here to support all survivors of domestic violence, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, education level, social status, country of origin, age, religion, or ethnicity.
We have many volunteer opportunities for community members who are interested in donating their time to work in Catalyst’s programs.Learn More
Home. The smell of freshly baked cookies. The sounds of family welcoming you home from your day. Air conditioning after a long, hot day. A tasty cup of tea and a warm bath. Blankets, dry clothes, and a place to rest. A place to find comfort and security. This is what most of us might describe as “home” and sometimes we forget that having a home like the one described here is a privilege.
Many people in our community need a safe place to stay because their own home has become unsafe. Their own home has become a place of fear and uncertainty.
Acknowledging the importance of a safe place to stay is the acknowledgement of humanity. Safe shelter is a basic need and we are glad to be able to provide it throughout the year for people escaping domestic violence. Our safe housing programs include emergency shelter (the HAVEN) and transitional housing (the Cottages) that include staff onsite to provide support and safety planning. Catalyst’s safe housing program is available to all survivors of abuse, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Today at the HAVEN there are 17 adults and 7 children staying with us. There are sounds of children playing. There is coffee brewing. There is sadness, anger and fear. The smell of fresh laundry is in the air. And there is hope. Always hope.
Spotlight On: Rapid Rehousing
Domestic Violence is a leading cause of homelessness in the United States. Once a survivor decides to leave an abusive relationship, they often have nowhere to go and few resources available to them. Based on the housing first model, Catalyst’s Rapid Rehousing Program is designed to expand safe housing services to domestic survivors outside of the traditional shelter system. This is done by providing short term assistance to solve practical and immediate challenges to obtaining permanent housing.
Services provided by the Rapid Rehousing Program include rental and deposit assistance, transportation and advocacy during the housing identification process, and support services – including crisis intervention, safety planning, and connection to additional services as needed.
Anyone in need of permanent housing who identifies as a victim of domestic violence may be eligible for Rapid Rehousing – they are not required to be a current Catalyst participant. Candidates should be in a position to benefit from short term services and possesses the ability to create a self-sufficiency plan.
For more information about Catalyst’s Rapid Rehousing Program, please call our Chico Business Office at 530-343-7711.