Contact: Prescott Area Women's Shelter (PAWS)
Prescott Area Women's Shelter (PAWS)
336 N. Rush Street
Prescott, AZ 86301
Since we are a people who take hope seriously and believe in the innate worth of every human being, it is our job to take people where they are and help get them where they want to go. The shelter will provide basic resources to homeless/transitional women and children of Yavapai County. Our facility will be an outreach program by connecting guests to current outside resources.
In June of 2007, one of the community conversations centered on the need for an emergency drop-in homeless shelter for women and women with children. In September 2007, ten social service organizations formed a collaboration to make this conversation a reality. The Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) became the fiscal agent, providing insurance, a non-profit status, and they hired a VISTA to implement the project. By November 2007, collaboration was formed between the agencies, and PAWS was created. The open house was deemed successful; the shelter budget, $15,000, was raised in less than two months.
In its first season, PAWS was located at Hillside Church of God and opened from December 2007 through March 2008. In four months, PAWS provided services to 39 women and 7 children. Over 20 faith-based and civic organizations provided 238 meals while PAWS provided 539 bed nights. PAWS was staffed by 66 dedicated volunteers, seven days a week, who filled five positions each night. During their stay at the shelter, guests found places to stay/rent and applied and received jobs and government subsidies. During our last two nights of service, four new guests arrived; one a mother with two children. March being the second highest month for new guest arrivals, 12, and bed nights, 151, shows that emergency homeless services are not just a need during the winter months; it is a year round service that should be provided to the quad-city area homeless community.
In April 2008, the PAWS assessment was presented to the ten supporting organizations, and Youth Count took over as fiscal agent while PAWS moved into the current facility on Rush St. Since July 2008, the PAWS Board of Directors has been meeting monthly to discuss and implement the future of PAWS as a year-round emergency shelter. PAWS is now a registered 501c3 organization.
Since opening, PAWS has served over 400 women and their children, and provided over 10,000 bed nights. Also, 70 percent of shelter guests are successful in completing their goals through PAWS Case Management Program.
PAWS provides the following year-round:
Emergency Shelter services including:
-food (a hot meal at night, breakfast, and snacks during the day)
-dormitory-style shelter with personal lockers
-community room with access to internet/phone use
-hygiene products and access to showers
-clothing (winter coats, sweat suits, socks, etc)
Case Management services including:
-information on local social service agencies
-affordable housing options
-signing up for government subsidies
-substance abuse program information
-goal sheets to determine guest length of stay and progress towards self-sufficiency
Most importantly, we strive to ensure that every woman and child feels safe, nurtured and rested at PAWS.
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