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La Casa de las Madres

San Francisco, California

Cause Description:
In 1976, a dynamic group of Bay Area women gathered to found La Casa de las Madres, California’s first and the nation’s second shelter dedicated to women and children escaping domestic violence. Its name - Home of the Mothers — honors the memory of one of their mothers, a woman brutally murdered by her partner. It also seeks to convey the safety, nurturing, and unconditional acceptance within. The arms of a mother represent the refuge we all seek in a time of crisis or to heal from trauma. Today, La Casa offers women, teens and children grappling with domestic violence with access to an emergency safehouse as well as community-based services providing comprehensive support. A central San Francisco Drop In Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday, offering intervention services, a Teen Program, and Community Education and Outreach Program. Off-site, La Casa runs its Emergency Shelter, Domestic Violence Response Team, Safe Havens Project, Mary Elizabeth Inn Case Management Program, and Safe Housing Project. Two 24 hour crisis phone lines, an Adult and Teen Line, are answered live 24 hours a day. The mission of La Casa de las Madres is to respond to calls for help from domestic violence victims, of all ages, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We give survivors the tools to transform their lives. We seek to prevent future violence by educating the community and by redefining public perceptions about domestic violence.

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