The Women’s Crisis Support~Defensa de Mujeres emergency shelter, the Mariposa House, has been providing shelter to women and children who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault since 1977. Clients needing safe shelter will be referred for shelter screening after their initial crisis intervention contact.
Our confidential location affords families a safe, nurturing, supportive environment where the healing and self-empowerment process can begin. The Mariposa House offers on site: counseling, support groups, parent education, health education, legal advocacy, goal planning, children’s services and help accessing appropriate community resources. Staff is well versed in community referrals including housing, government assistance, court/legal programs, employment, and other shelter programs. Additionally, we now offer a therapeutic art group for children at the shelter. The group leader was trained in the A Window Between Worlds program in Venice Beach and all of the shelter children are welcome to attend weekly. Clients may also attend a weekly support group at the shelter.
Before coming into shelter clients are asked to review and sign our Rights and Responsibilities which guide the Mariposa House Program. Our staff is well trained in trauma and our program is conducted with a trauma informed approach, respecting the great diversity and trauma history of our clients. We do not mandate our clients to utilize our services, but empower them to decide what will be helpful for them.
Each family has their own room with shared bathrooms, kitchen, and communal living space. The yard is large with a beautiful play structure, garden and plenty of room for biking, playing, and recuperating. Clothing, toiletries, food and a laundry facility are provided. The stay at the Mariposa House is free but participants are required to share daily living chores and work for seven hours weekly, according to their own schedule, to maintain the shelter as a healthy, beautiful living environment. Bilingual staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.