By JoAnna Ness, Oct 9 2018 06:37PM
When women experience domestic violence, their situation is often complicated by a variety of other factors. In addition to feeling unsafe in their homes or relationships, they may have concerns for the safety of their children. Childcare can be expensive, and women with uncertainty about their financial independence may not be certain they can afford to live on their own. In many cases, women are also dealing with external problems like addiction. When women in Steuben County make the decision to escape this type of situation, they may struggle to find a safe place that will allow them to remain with their children.
TLC House Indiana (TLC) was established by caring community members to lend a helping hand. TLC is an emergency shelter that offers support for women and children escaping domestic violence. The staff, board, volunteers, and donors have committed to offering a safe place for women fleeing domestic abuse to experience how life will be when they are on their own, but within a structured environment that offers support when they face challenges. TLC collaborates with other nonprofits and businesses to meet the variety of needs these women and children often have. Mada Waldrop, Executive Director of TLC, shared, “Working relationships with other nonprofits are necessary to survive. To get people access to the most important services, we have to work as a community.” Along with other nonprofits, TLC partners with the Bowen Center, and many TLC clients utilize its community outreach program to secure assistance.