MSP’s Emergency Shelters provide a confidentially located, safe haven to individuals and families who are fleeing abusive partners. While in shelter, support is provided 24 hours to all residents as they take critical steps to begin their new journey to safety. Residents are provided with space to begin the healing process, as staff provide holistic supportive counseling and advocacy services, and help to meet the basic needs of the residents. Staff also provide on-going safety planning, information, and referrals for additional support services within MSP and in the community, to assist residents in staying safe while working towards increased independence in their lives. Housing assistance is also provided to help residents transition into a safe community upon leaving shelter.
When individuals and families are ready to leave emergency shelter and transition into the community, maintaining safety and acclimating to independent living can be unfamiliar and extremely challenging. MSP’s Aftercare Counseling is designed to help ease this difficult transition by assisting clients who are getting ready to leave or have already left one of our emergency shelters. The Aftercare Counselor meets with residents one-on-one and in small groups to discuss the availability of continued counseling and advocacy services once they leave shelter. This Counselor also helps residents prepare for the challenges they might face as they work to maintain independence and safety.
At MSP, we realize that pets are considered members of the family. Pets are also often the target of physical abuse, and the threat of harm to a beloved pet left behind prevents many victims of intimate partner abuse from leaving this potentially dangerous situation.
To give victims in these situations the chance to flee to safety, MSP has partnered with SPCA of Westchester to provide temporary foster placements for the pets of residents in our emergency shelters. MSP residents are given the peace of mind of knowing that their animal family members are also in a safe, supportive environment. Pets in placement also receive quality preventive veterinary care by the SPCA. Residents are reunited with their cherished pets when they are ready to leave MSP’s shelters.
What We Offer:
- Two emergency shelters with a total of 38 beds; residents may stay up to 90 days with the possibility of a 45-day extension.
- Individualized, supportive case management and counseling services; safety planning; legal referrals and support; referrals to other community providers.
- Access to on-site workshops and support groups to assist residents in achieving goals towards empowerment, independence and self-sufficiency.
- Counseling, activities groups, school placement and advocacy for children residing in shelter.
- Temporary pet placement while in shelter.
Did You Know?
- MSP opened the first domestic violence shelter in Westchester County in 1976.
- MSP has served over 6,000 women and children in its two emergency shelters.
- MSP opened a new, 20-bed, wheelchair accessible shelter in 2013 to replace a 15-bed shelter. This new shelter enables us to provide a safe haven to more victims, and expand our services to male victims as well.
- Our shelters are in constant need of household and personal supplies for our clients, including twin-size bed sheets, towels, diapers, shampoo/conditioner, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, women’s sanitary care, and other personal care items.
Shelter services can be accessed through our 24 hour crisis hotline at
1- 800-298-SAFE (7233).