Emergency Safe House
Victoria’s House, Safe+Sound Somerset’s safe house, provides emergency shelter to survivors and their children who are seeking refuge from an unsafe living situation. Located in a private setting, Victoria’s House is a place of healing with individual bedrooms, a common living space and kitchen, playroom and fenced-in backyard. All basic needs including food, clothing, and toiletries are provided for survivors and their families while residing at the safe house.
During their stay, residents work towards independent living with the support of a specialized case managers and advocates. Stays are typically 30 days with the possibility of an extension to 60 days, based on need.
Residents of Victoria’s House are offered:
- Individualized safety planning and case management
- Legal advocacy to navigate the system and obtain orders of protection (restraining orders)
- Resources to support education, job searches, and family budgeting
- Help establishing safe and permanent housing
- Trauma-informed counseling, peer support, and activities that promote healing and overall wellbeing
Children coming to Victoria’s House receive a welcome bag and an age-appropriate orientation. During their stay, case managers and advocates complete an assessment of the family’s unique needs and together create a plan. Issues addressed include parenting support and education, children’s counseling, assistance with school registration and childcare. Victoria’s House staff promote community, a sense of normalcy, and the development of healthy relationships.