Gary Commission for Women Rainbow-Ark Shelter
The Gary Commission for Women acts as an advocate for women. We provide education and outreach on the topics of homelessness, domestic violence, teen dating violence, sexual assault, and numerous issues with special interest to women within the community. We also provide domestic violence mobile advocacy and emergency shelter care for women and their children affected by homelessness or domestic violence. We also provide emergency respite for men who are affected by domestic violence.
PROJECT EMERGE is mobile domestic violence advocacy, whereas our Victim Education Advocate meets survivors in a safe location of their choice. This can be at the park, in a coffee shop, or survivor's home. Mobile advocacy is not a crisis response, however, an initiative that will allow us to reach individuals and families who may be in danger and those who may have never reached out to us for services before because of the barriers often associated with entering or accessing a shelter. We also provide emergency respite accommodation solutions for victims, for 1-3 nights, on a case-by-case basis. We provide the following advocacy and support services and programming:
- Referral Planning to necessary community services
- Development of a safety plan in order to feel safer going forward
- Assistance in locating and accompanying victim/survivors to refuge services
- Assist with solutions to survivors that have barriers to transportation for work or appointments
- Completion of protective orders or Address Confidentiality Program
- Assistance with accessing employment and education
- Any other support to help improve a victim/survivor's current situation
(THE SHELTER IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO RENOVATION) is a 21-45-day
trauma informed care emergency shelter for women and their children affected by homelessness or domestic violence. We also provide emergency respite for men who are affected by domestic violence. We provide the following programming:
- Crisis intervention and safety planning
- Housing, income, employment, and educational resources
- We provide daily living needs (such as food, toiletries, and emergency clothing)
- Individual and group support
- Life skills training in goal setting, budgeting, and parenting
- Legal advocacy to include court orders, protection orders and immigration
- Referrals and linkages to social service agencies and entitlement programs
- Education and information about the dynamics and effects of domestic violence, sexual assault, and the homelessness cycle
- Specialized services for children who have witnessed domestic violence
- We also provide out-client services and support group to clients as a form of aftercare once they depart from the shelter
We accept 24-hour referrals for entrance into the shelter for victims of homelessness, domestic violence or sexual assault. Victims of homelessness must be residents of the City of Gary and have valid picture identification. Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault do not have to reside in the City of Gary, nor have accessible picture identification at the time of entrance. All persons needing shelter must personally contact the shelter themselves and speak with a client advocate for bed availability and
address location. Male children must be under 18 years of age. Please call 219-886-1600 for bed availability.
DENIALS OF SHELTER:
We can't accept clients that have committed the following in our program, or other programs: listed on the sexual offender registry, have threatened the safety of staff and others physically or with their actions, have committed a sexual assault, committed fraud or theft against a client, staff, or program, or used and/or threatened to use weapons against another client or staff.
DONATIONS TO GARY COMMISSION FOR WOMEN OR RAINBOW-ARK SHELTER:
We receive many requests from individuals who would like to donate to the women's shelter. The shelter is a confidential, safe and secure location for clients, thus the address and location is not open to the general public. We do not and can't accept any walk-up donations to the shelter facility directly. Rest assured, your donation will be utilized as you deem fit, to the clients in the shelter. Please call the administrative office at 219-883-4155, in order to discuss donation of items.