A year of triumph at the Time Out Shelter was celebrated last week.
The Feb. 11 annual board meeting for the public allowed board members to share the shelter's accomplishments and survivors to share their stories.
Time Out has provided women and children fleeing domestic violence, shelter, education, and emotional support for the past 11 years.
The shelter has seen enormous growth due to effective grant-writing, financial management, proceeds from its thrift store, and a supportive community.
Since the end of 2002, the shelter has paid off its mortgage, increased its transitional housing, added a handicap-accessible bathroom, while serving the needs of 240 adults and 58 children in crisis.
A new grant has allowed the shelter to hire a therapist to work with individuals and groups on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which often plagues survivors of domestic violence.
The staff and volunteers at Time Out offer both residents and non-residents of the shelter weekly educational opportunities ranging from parenting and domestic violence to life skills. Time Out also has a children's program and a legal advocate on staff.
Those in social services acknowledge that few shelters provide the range of free services to the community that Time Out does.
One of the shelter's goals for 2003 is increasing community education, in particular, targeting high school and middle school children in an effort to prevent future victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.
Despite its accomplishments, Time Out, like many other non-profit organizations, has felt the sting of Arizona's waning economy and budget cuts.
For those who wish to make a monetary donation or volunteer, call Time Out at 472-8007 or bring lightly-used items to the Time Out thrift shop at 500 S. Beeline Highway.