Shelter Gets State Funding


The Time Out Shelter in Payson is one of 33 domestic violence shelters in the state that will receive donations from a variety of Arizona organizations.

Time Out will receive more than $2,300 from contributions, totaling $100,000, made by Arizona Chamber of Commerce members, an Attorney General's antitrust lawsuit settlement, and a number of community donors, including the Phoenix firefighters and Cox Communications.

Time Out Shelter Executive Director Darlene Curlee said Time Out will use the money to provide more resource and counseling services and behavior change groups for local domestic violence victims.

Attorney General Janet Napolitano announced that the funding will be made available on a per-bed basis to help shelters throughout the state.

Curlee said many of the domestic violence victims who seek help from Time Out are traumatized and need to spend time with a crisis intervention specialist.

"Time Out, being a small shelter, does not have the funds to employ as many staff (members) as are needed," she said. But the shelter continues to provide legal assistance for victims.

"We now provide children's domestic violence groups," she said, "and in a few weeks will have teen groups. All of our groups are open to residents living in the community that need assistance."

For information, call the Time Out Shelter at 472-8007.

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