Who We Are

Shelterhouse is a non-profit organization committed to provide safety, shelter, advocacy and counseling to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Serving both Midland and Gladwin counties, our efforts remain focused on the goal to eliminate violence in today’s society.

Our survivor services are partially funded through the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, the Crime Victim Services Commission, the Office on Violence Against Women, the United Way of Midland and Gladwin Counties, and generous donors and foundations from our community. We are a member of the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support victims of domestic and sexual violence by providing shelter, counseling and advocacy for people in Midland and Gladwin counties.

Our Vision

Our vision is building healthy relationships, strong families and safe communities.

Our Philosophy

An empowerment philosophy is the basis for all Shelterhouse services, affirming the inherent human right to self-determination, to safety and to a life free from violence.  Tenets of this empowerment philosophy include:

  • Survivors possess strengths and resilience in coping with trauma and stress
  • Violence against women is a social problem rather than an individual or psychological problem
  • Staff and volunteers establish an egalitarian and collaborative relationship with survivors
  • All of our services to victims of domestic and sexual violence are free.  No one in our community should have to pay to be safe and get the help needed to move beyond violence.

Our Values

Impacting change with

  • Passion for what we do
  • Integrity in how we do it
  • Excellence in all we do
  • Respect for all