A Note from Executive Director Caity Meader
This spring, Family Services renovated a detached apartment on-site at the Karen’s House Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter. It had been used for staff office space, but changing it to usable shelter space increased our capacity by 10%, from 30 beds to 33 beds. Your donations from last year’s Purple Party, Purple Purse Challenge, Spark of Hope Holiday Dinner Dance, and the Karen’s House Yard Sale; funding from Soroptimist International of Visalia; and volunteer efforts from this spring’s Serve Visalia made the renovation possible.
Besides increasing the shelter’s capacity, the separate space will allow Karen’s House to better serve larger families with more than four children and to provide emergency shelter to male victims of domestic violence. Karen’s House has always tried to be responsive to the needs of our community. We have seen an increasing number of male victims bravely come forward to seek support. This is just one way that we can make ourselves truly available to those who need our services, while keeping safety the top priority. We are grateful to our funders, partners and staff for pushing themselves to learn how to best support male survivors. We are proud to be at the forefront of this changing perspective in California. Thank you for all of your support!