Rural Crisis Center of North-Central Indiana Offers Emergency Shelter to Residents | Newton County Company

KENTLAND – Hannah McGraw, client advocate, North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center, gave a presentation at the Kentland Rotary Club on May 3, 2022. The center is an emergency shelter for people experiencing domestic violence and/or abuse sexual relations as well as those who experience homelessness. The center also offers outreach services for those not seeking emergency shelter.

In 1987, several concerned community members came together with the common goal of eliminating domestic violence in Jasper, Newton and Pulaski counties. They believed that a shelter for abused women was the first step to achieving this goal, according to the mission statement on their website. Support groups also started around this time.

Crisis Center services have expanded to also include survivors of sexual assault and we recognize that survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault can be of any gender, race, ethnicity, social class, etc.

According to McGraw, “We strive to meet our residents where they are to help them maintain their dignity.” The crisis center provides a place to pause, rest and explore for a time interval for relief at a time when mental health professionals are limited or unavailable. The center is committed to turning victims into survivors and helplessness into hope.

The mission of the North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center is to help end domestic violence and sexual assault in Jasper, Newton, and Pulaski counties by providing temporary shelter and services to victims and children of domestic violence and/or sexual assault through education, advocacy, and community intervention.

When asked how anyone could help people at the centre, Ms McGraw shared with members a list of items needed daily. Everyday items such as paper towels, toilet paper, laundry detergent, fabric softener, trash bags, dish soap, dishwasher pods, and household cleaners are always needed. Most garments are handled elsewhere and are available at the center as needed. Anyone needing more information about the center can contact Hannah at [email protected]

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