Ottumwa crisis center to serve Jefferson County
OTTUMWA – The Crisis Center and Women’s Shelter in Ottumwa has been awarded the contract to provide the Comprehensive Rural Domestic Abuse Program for 11 counties in south central Iowa, including Jefferson County.
The program will bring services into local communities to assist victims of domestic abuse in their home areas.
“This is an exciting development,” states Cari Garrett, board president. “We look forward to developing new partnerships and strengthening existing ones in our communities. We will be looking at alternative ways to provide shelter with permanent housing being the goal as quickly as possible.”
This change is a result of the reorganization of victim services in the state of Iowa. The South Central Region also includes Children and Families of Iowa Domestic Abuse Program and Shelter, Crisis Intervention Services in Oskaloosa as the designated Sexual Abuse service provider and Emergency Shelter, and Polk County Crisis & Advocacy Services.
The Crisis Center & Women’s Shelter will provide domestic abuse services to Appanoose, Davis, Jasper, Jefferson, Lucas, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Poweshiek, Wapello and Wayne counties.
“We will be moving ahead during the transition period and Cheryl Brown will be available to discuss whatever questions you may have. We will continue to strive for committed relationships within all of the communities that we serve.”
Requests for services and consultations can be directed to Cheryl Brown, Executive Director at (641)683-1750 or 1-800-464-8340. Our 800 is answered 24 hours per day, 365 days per year for anyone in need of assistance.