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Shelter: (605) 996-2765 Hotline: (605) 996-4440 Visitation Center: 605-996-8880

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Unlock Matching Funds and Help Raise $7,000

The Rodeo/Bull Bash Committee and Exchange Club have pledged to match all donations to the Mitchell Area Safehouse up to $3,500 during the month of May.

Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to have your generosity matched dollar for dollar. The Mitchell area has greatly benefited by the support of children’s services given by the Rodeo/Bull Bash Committee and the Exchange Club.

Click on the DONATE button in the left margin for a great opportunity to give your first online donation to support visitation and advocacy services for children at the Mitchell Area Safehouse.


Many have heard of ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ but, we are asking for supporters in our surrounding community to ‘Adopt-A-Room’ at our women’s shelter. Our goal is to upgrade and create rooms with a warm, inviting environment for both women and children.

The following items within each room;

  • Upgrade the color pallet of (7) rooms with three walls a neutral color such as a tan paint with (1) accent wall painted a color to blend with the bedspreads.
  • Vinyl wall lettering/or design stickers to ‘stencil’ encouraging words on accent walls.
  • Colored bedspreads to match each accent wall.
  • Dressers, bedside table and lamp with the durability to stand up to children on a daily basis.

Your continued support is appreciated. If you have any questions or wish to sponsor a room, please contact Marilyn at 996-6622.

S.D. Community Foundation awarded a $7,000 grant to assist with upgrades to the Mitchell Area Safehouse security sytem.

This grant was presented through the S.D. Community Foundation's statewide grant program.

Trudy Morgan of Mitchell, SD serves on the boad of directors of the S.D. Community Foundation.

The Safehouse has launched the "Adopt-A-Room" program. The goal is to upgrade the safety and security of the facility and create welcoming rooms for vicitms and their minor children

According to Ginger Niemann, Program Officer of the S.D. Community Foundation, "Updates to their security system will ensure that victims of violence are safe." "The S.D. Community Foundation is pleased to be a partner on this important project." Niemann said.


FACT: Between 2001 and 2013, 2,014 U.S. soldiers were killed in action in Afghanistan, while during that same time period, approximately 13,140 women in the US were murdered by their batterer.

Most were murdered while escaping their batterer or after they left. They asked for help an average of 5-7 times before they were murdered. Source: SD Coalition ending Domestic & Sexual Violence

Did you know that more than 178 domestic abuse criminal charges were filed from July, 2013 to June, 2014 in Davison County? Stand together and be a VOICE. "It is not your fault…you are not alone!"

The Mitchell Area Safehouse provides emergency or transitional housing for adult victims and their dependent children escaping domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Our trained advocates provide a CONFIDENTIAL support system for victims of abuse.

Family Visitation Center

Children are often caught in the middle of their parents’ problems, especially when there has been a history of abuse. The Family Visitation Center will serve as a comfortable, neutral location for the transfer of children for traditional visitation and on-site visitation.


Victim Advocacy: volunteers needed to serve as on-call advocates. Primary responsibility is to provide emotional support and referral information to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Advocates carry the hotline cell phone according to the scheduled time (weekends or evenings) and respond to calls during that period.

Advocates must be 21 years of age.

12 hours of training required.


Fundraising and Awareness: volunteers needed to help with community awareness and fundraising projects.

Donations and Shelter Duties: volunteers needed to sort and manage donations of clothing and household items.
For more information please contact:
Marilyn Haley
Coleen Smith

Shelter: (605) 996-2765  •  Hotline: (605) 996-4440  •  Visitation Center: 605-996-8880

Mitchell Area Safehouse and Family Visitation Center
1809 North Wisconsin, Mitchell, South Dakota 57301