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La Casa de las Madres

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Emergency & Safety
  • Justice & Legal
  • Women


1269 Howard StreetSan Francisco, CA 94103 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

La Casa de las Madres responds to calls for help from domestic violence victims, of all ages 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We give survivors the tools to transform their lives. We seek to prevent future violence by educating the community and by redefining public perceptions about domestic violence. Forty-five ago, La Casa de las Madres opened San Francisco's first domestic violence shelter for women and their children. The once-quiet shelter has grown into the city's leading voice for abused women, their children and teens--educating, promoting awareness and changing the community's and the media's perceptions about domestic violence and its victims. Through a broad service continuum, we provide expert intervention and prevention services to 20,000 community members annually. Our goal is to restore dignity, generate hope, evoke courage, and help maximize the potential of our clients.


La Casa serves all individual impacted by domestic violence. We offer free, culturally inclusive, multilingual services to all survivors in need, but prioritize sheltering those with the fewest resources on hand. La Casa provides half the city’s emergency shelter beds for domestic violence and is the only organization enabling access to safety 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Not only do we respond to crisis around the clock, we run an active Drop-In Counseling Center, two crisis hotlines, a text line, a 35-bed shelter, a teen program, a survivors-over-50 project, and a wide range of outreach initiatives. Across all programs, our work reaches 20,000 community members yearly.


Would you recommend La Casa de las Madres?
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by Stephanie Y. from CA (August 14, 2009)
La Casa De Las Madres is an invaluable asset within the Bay Area community and volunteering with them is both a wonderful opportunity and a meaningful challenge. Domestic violence is a issue that effects many people with different backgrounds and experiences yet La Casa is a place where they all can come together to heal. At La Casa there are many areas to volunteer in, from the crisis line, to court accompaniment, to working with children and in the shelter. The staff at La Casa are caring and supportive and I feel priviledged to volunteer within such a wonderful community of people who are all dedicated to providing safety and support in the face of violence. Volunteering at Las Casa De Las Madres makes a direct impact in the lives of these women and their children and it is a fantastic organization to include in your volunteer experience.
by Noel H. (August 13, 2009)
If you are looking to make a high impact, this is the place to volunteer. Volunteering at La Casa de Las Madres has been a wonderful opportunity to give my time to a well-run organization that does vital work in our community. La Casa has tons of different opportunities for whatever you are interested in-everything from teen outreach to court accompaniment. I have volunteered on the crisis line and done community outreach events so far. Each time, I have felt that I am giving to a tremendous organization with tremendous people.
by Norma R. from San Francisco, CA (August 13, 2009)
Volunteering with La Casa de Las Madres has been a great experience. The people that work there are fun and intelligent. La Casa is understanding of my work schedule and work with me on my volunteer hours. Everyone is helpful and the overall feel of La Casa de Las Madres is a pleasant one. It is great to feel good about helping those in need while also being in a good atmosphere.

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