It is the mission of Shelter From the Storm to break the cycle of domestic and sexual abuse in our community through intervention, individual advocacy and awareness.
We believe that every person has the right to be free from domestic violence, intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, and stalking. We are dedicated to ending interpersonal violence by providing direct services to the victims of domestic and sexual assault. Shelter From the Storm provides a safe environment and emotional support for any victims of domestic and sexual violence from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and religious backgrounds regardless of age and, or lifestyle. Through public information and networking with local, state and national agencies, we work to change the conditions that lead to violence.
In 1979 spread out through three counties, Union, Baker and Wallowa, a group of volunteers organized what would eventually become Shelter From the Storm. They worked without funding, housing victims in their own homes and donating needed services. In 1981, Shelter From the Storm received its first funding and hired a part-time Volunteer Coordinator to supervise volunteers, develop services for battered women, and seek funding.
After covering three counties until 1985, the Union County based Shelter From the Storm assisted Baker County volunteers in forming their own program, May Day. Then in 1993, Shelter From the Storm helped the Wallowa County volunteers in creating their own organization, Safe Harbors.
In 1990, after many years of using private family homes and then motels to provide emergency shelter to victimized families, Shelter From the Storm opened a 14-bed residential shelter. In 1998, Shelter From the Storm completed a Community Advocacy Center that housed its offices. The center provided a central location for the community to meet and address issues of violence, abuse, and neglect that affect families in Union County.
Then, in 2014, the Union County Commissioners decided to demolish the Community Advocacy Center and build a new county courthouse in that location. Shelter From the Storm relocated from La Grande to nearby Island City. With community support both financially and in-kind, the building was remodeled to provide a safe and welcoming space that serves the unique needs of our client population. In the Spring of 2016, the building on Island Avenue was purchased and became the permanent location for the Shelter From the Storm Advocacy Center.
Advocacy Support Coordinator
Crisis Response Advocate
Board of directors