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.
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 14 adults and 9 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: Adopt a Family
It may be September, but Catalyst is already looking towards December! Each holiday season, Catalyst organizes the Adopt-a-Family program and this year is no different. Without this program many survivors of domestic violence participating in Catalyst’s services would not be able to provide gifts for their families. Interested in participating? Here are a few ways to help:
- Adopt an entire family, which means we would send you a wish list compiled by the family and you can do the shopping yourself.
- Donate cash or gift cards to Catalyst which allows our staff to shop and make purchases according to the sponsored family’s needs.
- Donate new, unwrapped items such as toys and clothing which will be distributed to families who may not have not been specifically adopted by anyone. Some of our donors have even thrown parties asking that attendees bring gifts for families and kids.
If you are interested in helping a family this holiday season, please contact Carolina at 530-343-7798.