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Domestic Violence Shelters

Family Service of the Piedmont’s shelter program provides temporary emergency shelter to individuals and families escaping violent homes. Family Service manages two shelters, Clara House in Greensboro and Carpenter House in High Point.

More than just a safe place to stay, our shelters provide a stable, supportive environment in which victims and their families can begin to rebuild their lives. Services offered at the shelters include:

  • Crisis Line: Family Service of the Piedmont operates a 24-hour crisis line for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape, or other violent crime.
  • Counseling Services: Each resident of our shelter is offered the opportunity to meet with a therapist to provide individual counseling and/or group therapy. Child play-therapy groups and parenting classes are also available.
  • Court Advocacy: Our large staff of victim advocates provide clients with help attaining restraining orders (50-B’s), going to court, and legal referrals.
  • Case Management: Case managers are available to meet routinely with shelter residents to set goals and meet identified needs. These may include qualifying for food stamps, finding a job, applying for public housing, and locating childcare.
  • Continuation of Care: When a person prepares to leave the shelter, the staff can assist them in locating housing, securing donated furniture, and preparing for life on their own. Once a family leaves the shelter, they are welcome to return to Family Service for continued individual or group counseling.