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Someplace Safe to Take Over Warren Beatitude Facility

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Beatitude House is collaborating with Someplace Safe and Solace Center, Trumbull County’s domestic violence programs, to meet the ongoing needs of women and children in its Warren transitional housing facility.

In 2016, Beatitude House was one of three area agencies to experience a cut in its federal HUD spending for transitional housing, a $214,000 per year loss for the organization. In response, Beatitude House immediately began exploring how it could maintain services to its clients who were in need of transitional housing.

In February, Someplace Safe will be assuming ownership of Beatitude House’s A House of Blessing in Warren. All current clients have been relocated to a similar program with safe, affordable housing in accordance with the missions of both organizations.

“Beatitude House and Someplace Safe have a long-standing relationship, and both organizations are committed to helping promote stability in the lives of the women and children we serve,” said Teresa Boyce, acting director of Beatitude House in a news release.

Last year, Beatitude House in Warren provided transitional housing for 29 homeless families, 24 of whom reported domestic violence as a reason for seeking assistance. Since most of the clients at the Warren facility have also utilized the services of Someplace Safe the partnership between the two organizations is a natural one. For over a year Someplace Safe has held domestic violence support group sessions at Beatitude House’s A House of Blessing in Warren.

“We at Someplace Safe appreciate and value the relationship we have with Beatitude House”, said Bonnie Wilson, director of Someplace Safe, in a release. “It has enabled us over the past year to expand our programming. The move to the current Beatitude House site will allow us to double our capacity to provide temporary, emergency shelter and needed services for adults and children experiencing domestic violence in Trumbull County.”

Beatitude House, sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown, is committed to all disadvantaged women and children. By creating homes, providing educational opportunities, and fostering healthy families, Beatitude House provides them with the opportunity to transform their lives.

Someplace Safe, a program of Family & Community Services, Inc., is Trumbull County’s only domestic violence shelter. It provides advocacy, education, supportive services, emergency 24-hour crisis intervention and shelter to those in need.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.