Catalyst Can Help
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.
Welcome to Catalyst Domestic Violence Services
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.
Home. The smell of freshly baked cookies. The sounds of family welcoming you home from your day. Warmth after a cold, winter morning. Hot 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 during the cold winter months and 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.
Today at the HAVEN there are 18 children and 14 adults staying with us. There are sounds of children playing. There are twinkle lights in the living room. There is coffee brewing. There is sadness, anger and fear. There is a volunteer helping put up holiday decorations. The smell of fresh laundry is in the air. And there is hope. Always hope.
This is what providing safe housing means at Catalyst. Safety. Support. Hope.