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Shelter From The Storm, Inc. (SFTS) is the Coachella Valley’s only comprehensive domestic victim assistance service and shelter provider organization.  Our purpose is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.  Shelter From The Storm’s first priority is the safety of those who seek assistance. Our programs work with clients to meet their needs so they can look ahead to a safe horizon.

In 1988 community leaders recognized that services and safety for domestic violence victims was a critical issue in the under served areas of the Coachella Valley and throughout Eastern Riverside County.  Thus, Shelter From the Storm was established as a non-profit corporation for the purpose of providing the much-needed shelter and services to battered women and children. 

Shelter From The Storm opened its emergency shelter in September 1993.  Since that time, the shelter has seen tremendous growth, providing safety, counseling, case management, and legal and social service advocacy for more than 1,200 women and children each year.  On an annual basis, we provide more than 1,000 nights of emergency shelter. We also serve more than 2,000 meals to our residents each year. 

what we do

Provide 24-Hour Lifelines to Crime Victims
Shelter From The Storm’s toll free hotline is a gateway to assistance for the entire Coachella Valley; staffed by experienced professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week including holidays. Many hotline advocates are bilingual, providing crisis counseling, safety planning, assistance with finding shelter, referrals to SFTS programs or other organizations, advocacy with the police, and other crucial services.

Shelter From The Storm’s Hotlines:
24 Hour Toll Free Crisis Hotline: 800-775-6055
24 Hour Crisis Hotline: 760-328-SAFE (7233)

Provide Weekly Case Management Services: to help them create specific, measurable and do-able goals.

Domestic Violence Outreach: Advocates who help clients with the provision of services and referrals.

Provide valuable consultation services: to clinical , to medical, legal, law enforcement professionals, and the lay communities about domestic violence including having the only Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program curriculum in the Coachella Valley available to local high schools. 

Community Counseling Center: provides clinical therapy with licensed  therapist, both individual and group sessions, for women and children who have completed their stay in our emergency shelter as well as to the community at large.

Provision of basic hygiene/personal care items, and nonperishable food items: for clients in our shelter service program and those enrolled in services at our Community Counseling Center.