LACADA’s Emergency Shelter provides safe shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors and their children. The shelter operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The shelter consists of 5 bedrooms with 19 beds, and multiple communal areas such as the living room, kitchen, and dining room. There is a children’s play area in the shelter and there is also a secure play area for children outside. Upon entering shelter residents are provided with immediate needs such as food, personal care products, and clothing.
Once settled in, residents at LACADA are given the opportunity to participate in voluntary support services such as safety planning, group counseling and housing referrals. Residents also have access to a client advocate (support person) who will assist them in creating an individualized plan to meet their self-set goals. The role of each client advocate is to provide support, knowledge, options and access to community resources, assisting each resident in meeting their self-set goals, allowing them to heal and discover their inner strengths while making supported and informed choices.