The Shelter’s mission is to lead the community to Prevent, Protect and Prevail over domestic violence through advocacy, empowerment and social change. They envision a community free from domestic violence so that every home is a safe haven for family it shelters. Since 1989, The Shelter has served more than 68,000 children, women and men (as well as their pets).
The Shelter’s story began in May 1986, when the Collier County Spouse & Abuse Task Force noted a growing response to its Hotline & Rape Crisis Program. The group organized a meeting of volunteers to plan a domestic violence shelter. Despite community opposition to the location, The Shelter began converting an East Naples four-plex into an emergency shelter in 1988. Over the years, support for The Shelter’s mission has grown expeditiously as have its programs and services.
Today, some 66 full and part-time staff members provide services in Naples, Immokalee and Bonita Springs through residential and outreach services, as well as Options Thrift Shoppe.