Getting Help

CARES provides the opportunity to make a positive change in your life, but, it’s up to you to take advantage of this opportunity.


When you first come to CARES, you will meet with the staff member on duty and explain your situation.  Within three days of entering the shelter you will work with staff to develop your Housing Plan that will address your challenges and get you on the road to obtaining permanent housing.  While at the shelter, women receive:

  • meals, telephone and travel assistance
  • child care support
  • workshops on money management, parenting and more
  • help finding permanent housing
  • help finding a job
  • counseling and referrals

Service Center

CARES provides vital non-shelter services including food, clothing, and household items to more than 800 low-income community members who are at risk of homelessness, and most often have nowhere else to turn for such support.  This includes senior citizens, the disabled, veterans, single men and intact families.   The Food Pantry is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 2pm.  The Clothes Closet is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 2 pm.