Casa Vegso is AVDA's residential program that includes emergency shelter and transitional housing program for victims of domestic abuse and their children.
AVDA’s 64-bed emergency shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, provides domestic violence victims and their children a safe place to stay for up to six weeks. An extended stay beyond six weeks can be arranged for victims who have special needs and require an extended length of stay.
Residents are provided food, clothing, transportation, basic need items, information and referrals to community resources, and continuous safety planning assistance. While in shelter, all residents receive advocacy and comprehensive service management to assist them in living violence-free lives and achieving self-sufficiency. AVDA is a member of America Responds with Love, a hotel sheltering program that provides safe, confidential hotel sheltering for victims when the shelter is at capacity and neighboring domestic violence shelters are unable to accommodate. At the time of shelter discharge all safety plans are revised to address future risk and new surroundings.
Children in shelter develop individual safety plans that are appropriately tailored to their age and developmental stage. Children in shelter receive psychosocial assessments, individual and group counseling, as needed. Advocates work with children and their caregiver to assist the family in practicing nonviolent forms of communication and discipline. Children’s support groups are held weekly discussing topics such as healthy relationships, feelings, self-esteem, nonviolent conflict resolution and safety planning. Children’s field trips and other creativity and enrichment activities are provided.
AVDA’s 32 bed transitional housing facility provides a stay of up to two years for domestic violence victims and their children who wish to enter this transitional program. Each Transitional Housing apartment offers residents private as well as shared living space. The Transitional Housing program assists victims of domestic violence in living a violence free lifestyle while they receive safe housing, supportive services, and life skills training; obtain gainful employment; and locate affordable housing. Transitional Housing enables families to save money for permanent housing and is a critical step between emergency shelter and permanent housing, improving a survivor’s chance of living independently from an abusive partner.