Through the past 36 years Helping Hands has developed from an entirely volunteer run safe-house network to a strong community agency with two facilities. The Chrysalis House is a 30-day emergency shelter for women and their children who are escaping abusive situations. The second facility is the Young Women’s Center, transitional housing for women, and their children, ages 18-24 who have been victims of crime and would otherwise be homeless.
Helping Hands came into existence in 1978 after a domestic violence tragedy in Hood River. A small group of dedicated volunteers decided that our community needed to help women and children escape abusive situations to live violence free lives.
These volunteers/activists worked hard to provide safe havens for women and their children as well as to raise awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.
In the beginning, volunteers provided rooms in their own homes to women and their children who’s lives were in danger. They also created and staffed the 24-hour hotline.
In 2000, with community support and a community development block grant the Chrysalis House was built. In addition, the Young Women’s Center started as a Violence Against Crime Act development project. Helping Hands now employs three staff members and has fantastic volunteer support.