Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers, Inc.
New Horizons Shelter and
Outreach Centers, a shelter for individuals and families who
have experienced domestic violence, was organized in 1978
through the cooperative efforts of an informal group of
citizens in the La Crosse area who recognized the need for
services to victims of domestic abuse. A temporary emergency
shelter was established, existing through the cooperation of
several community agencies, until the shelter could be
housed in a building purchased for that purpose by La Crosse
County with block grant funds. By 1987, the demands for
services outgrew the La Crosse County building, and New
Horizons was able to purchase its own shelter facility,
using monies raised in a community capital campaign drive.
New Horizons Shelter has
contracts to provide shelter and services to a seven county
(population 238,236) area in Wisconsin. Governed by the
local YWCA until January 1, 1993, New Horizons Shelter is
now free-standing with its own working Board of Directors.
New Horizons Shelter is
staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to
provide emergency shelter and food to victims of domestic
violence and their children. The shelter’s Crisis
Advocates provide support and advocacy for women and
children through their shelter stay. Often, when women come
into shelter, they are forced to flee their homes quickly
and under great stress, leaving most of their belongings.
Through community donations, New Horizons is able to provide
families with clothing and personal care items.
Besides providing the
essentials of food and shelter to ensure the physical safety
of individuals and families who have experienced domestic
violence, New Horizons conducts various programs:
Located the City of La
Crosse and the Town of Whitehall
women, men, and children
available in both counties
Transitional Housing Advocacy