Time Out Shelter Gets A Little Help

Gila County considering awarding $10,000 grant to beleaguered local domestic violence shelter

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The struggling Time Out domestic violence shelter in Payson may soon get an urgently needed $10,000 grant from Gila County.

The shelter would use the funds to provide support services for women and children fleeing violent relationships.

Time Out provides comprehensive domestic violence services including crisis intervention through a 24-hour hotline; emergency and transitional housing, along with help in finding affordable housing; advocacy, safety planning, community resource information; health and wellness, and more. It also works to make its clients economically independent through:

• Life skills workshops

• Linkages to literacy, education and training

programs

• Career planning and job search skills

workshops

• Job search assistance

• Emergency financial assistance, as available

• Financial literacy training

It also offers support for healing with therapy including treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; individual and family counseling; and domestic violence support groups.

Services for the children of clients are also provided, such as support groups; structured after-school activities; community projects; and a healing garden.

Time Out also provides legal help, including:

• Assistance with protective orders, court

accompaniment, translation services

• Victim Compensation claim assistance

• Transportation to court

• Help with obtaining police reports, records,

bills, etc.

• Help with certain expenses in relation to court

appearances

• Notification of court proceedings

Time Out, Inc. lost some $150,000 in state and federal funding in recent years, despite an increase in domestic violence cases in Rim Country.

The Gila County Board of Supervisors will consider the grant award at its meeting today, Jan. 22. The funds will come from the county’s economic development resources.

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