BENEFITING: RUTLAND COUNTY WOMENS NETWORK & SHELTER INC
The Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter provides services to a population of close to 70,000 people in a 945 square mile area that comprises everything from rural farms, to small towns, to the second largest city in the state of Vermont. We are also the second largest provider of domestic violence emergency shelter services in the state (after Burlington, VT), are the largest provider of emergency housing services in the county, and provide the only 24/7 crisis response services in this county.
We play a critical role in the state of Vermont with regards to aiding survivors of domestic violence. Rutland County is ranked 3rd highest in the number of domestic assault charges filed among all Vermont counties, and sustains the second highest level of all Vermont counties in the incidence of relief from abuse (RFA) and stalking orders. We have 10% of the state’s population, but are granted 16.6% of all RFA orders and 15% of all stalking orders. Because of this, demand for our emergency shelter services has been at a record high, while funding sources are becoming limited due to general economic constraints. We have worked hard to build partnerships with other social service and funding sources in our region, but need your help to address our mission to aid those who are seeking a life free from domestic violence.