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.

We are a member of the Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Our survivor services are largely funded through:
Department of Justice – Office of Violence Against Women
Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
Midland Area Community Foundation
United Way of Gladwin County
United Way of Midland County
VOCA (Victims of Crime Act)
Various generous donors and foundations from our community

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 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