About Us

 

Oasis Shelter Home, Incorporated, is an emergency shelter for adult and child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Oasis was founded as a result of a grass roots effort dedicated to establishing a haven for victims of family violence in Curry County, Oregon, population 22,000. The mission of Oasis states: “Through shelter, advocacy, and education, we empower victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and resulting homelessness, to achieve a life free from abuse.”

 

 

The shelter, which has been housing victims since 1995, has 15 beds, 2 full bathrooms, 2 laundry rooms and a playroom complete with toys and games and is the only emergency shelter between Coos Bay, Oregon and Crescent City, California, a 150 mile stretch. Oasis operates a toll free ‘hot line’ which is listed on the National Directory of Domestic Violence Shelters and receives crisis calls from across the U.S. Oasis also provides Outreach Services to victims and survivors. Outreach and in-shelter services include: children’s programs; peer support groups; educational classes; assistance with restraining orders, housing forms and other documents; distribution of food boxes and donated items; and transportation to court and other appointments.

Oasis was granted 503 c(3) status in 1989. Prior to opening the shelter house, a group of local women sheltered abused women and their children in their homes in Gold Beach and Brookings. In 1993, the City of Gold Beach leased an empty city lot to Oasis for $1 per year and the house was donated by a private party. With the help of volunteers and financial support from the community, the house was picked up and moved to the lot. Within the next 2 years a porch and a small attached office was added.

Since 1995 Oasis has received over 20,000 calls on the hot line. From 2004 through 2007, Oasis has provided 7667 warm beds and housed 335 unduplicated persons in need of emergency shelter with an average length of stay of 39 days.

Also in 2004, Oasis began an innovative program that soon became a focal point of service for the organization. This shift went to provide quality intervention, support and counseling to children as a primary service. Traditional domestic violence shelters offer a limited children’s program as a secondary service. Recent research by Doctors Bruce Perry shows that intervention early in a child’s life is critical to breaking the cycles of violence, victim roles as well as abuser roles.

Oasis staff has a combined 22+ years of education and experience in social services, with 2 of the 5 paid staff holding at least a bachelor’s degree. All staff has attended more than the minimum 40 hours of specialized domestic violence related instruction.

Oasis recognizes the importance of community collaborations and has partnered with 21 community agencies including civic groups and other nonprofit organizations. Many of the Oasis clientele also receive services from area agencies, making collaboration both time saving, financially prudent and easier for the client. Strict confidentiality is adhered to, however most clients embrace the simplified process to address their multiple needs. Oasis can assist a client in achieving success by providing an interface with these agencies.

 

 

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