About MCTV's Organization of the Month
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MCTV is pleased to recognize Every Woman's House as our Wayne County Community Organization of the Month. Please join us in thanking them for their efforts to improve the quality of life in Wayne County.
EVERY WOMAN'S HOUSE
Every Woman’s House is a private, non-profit organization, dedicated to providing crisis intervention, treatment, an emergency shelter, counseling, prevention and support for those affected by domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
Mission: To promote the healing of individuals and families who experience the impact of domestic violence or sexual assault. We are committed to the prevention of these crimes.
Vision: Every Woman's House is committed to building a community free of violence where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. We collaborate and partner with other organizations and individuals in the community to end the cycle of violence. Every Woman's House will provide leadership to these efforts by staying abreast of best practices and state and national trends that will help us to be more successful in achieving our mission.
- Our belief is that abuse is any act that has negative impact on the wellness of body, mind or sprit.
- Everyone has the right to lead an abuse free life and to be safe in their own environment.
- Physical, emotional and sexual violence are community problems that demand community solutions
- Services will be provided based upon individual client and customer needs and preferences.
- Prevention and education are vital to the elimination of all forms of abuse.
- It is important to remain cognizant of current research, skills and approaches.
- Perpetrators are responsible for their own behaviors and choices and should be held accountable for their choices.
- People can change their behaviors through a process of awareness, skill building and practice.
- Violence is unacceptable.
In 1978, a group of local women began meeting informally to discuss the needs of women in Wayne County, Ohio. Some of the women participating in the group had specific needs that were not being met at the time, and others were aware of women who were trapped in abusive relationships.
One concern, which repeatedly surfaced, was the need of services for women in crisis. There were few resources available to them and there was virtually no place in Wayne or Holmes Counties where a woman could find refuge while exploring legal and financial avenues which would empower her to re-establish her life. This need was crucial for women who were attempting to flee an abusive partner.
Consequently, the group made assisting women in crisis particularly battered women and rape victims, their sole purpose. Thus began the enlisting of volunteers interested in organizational planning, committee work, providing shelter, and community education regarding the needs of women in crisis.
The same year, the local group of women made a request to the Women's Division of the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, and subsequently received a $5,000 grant which allowed them to hire a part-time director and open the door to Every Woman's House. Community volunteers were recruited and trained to provide safe houses in the community for emergency shelter.
Since that time, Every Woman's House has been recognized among social service agencies and law enforcement agencies in Wayne and Holmes Counties as the referral source for women experiencing domestic violence.
As funding and community support increased, Every Woman's House gradually expanded its services to include crisis intervention, a 24-hour hotline, counseling, support groups, and victim advocacy. In 1982, a local resident offered Every Woman's House the use of an eleven-room house. The house permitted Every Woman's House to provide short-term shelter to women and their children who are escaping violence in their homes. It could accommodate four women and their children, not to exceed a total of 14 persons.
In October of 1999, Every Woman's House moved into the lower level of Gault Liberty Center (administration) and Julia's Place, the new shelter. Julia's Place has twelve rooms and can accommodate a total of up to 44 people, or twelve women and their children. One of the rooms is handicapped accessible. Every Woman's House continues to offer a variety of services, such as domestic violence support groups and the 24-hour hotline.
EVERY WOMAN'S HOUSE
Open: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday & Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
During the month of January, you can show your support for Every Woman’s House by making a donation at the Wayne County MCTV office. The office is located at 444 W. Milltown Rd in Wooster (behind Buehler’s).