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Clackamas Women's Services fosters self-empowerment of women and children so they can establish lives free of domestic and sexual violence.
Incorporated in 1985 as Clackamas County's only shelter for women & children escaping family violence, CWS has safely harbored over 5,700 women & children within the walls of one, three-story farmhouse. Each night twenty-two women & children call this shelter "home" as they regain control of their lives and plan for their futures.
In addition to emergency shelter, CWS has responded to over 66,000 crisis calls in the last 16 years. This hotline is staffed by trained volunteers & CWS personnel who provide support, information on restraining orders, other resources, and just listen when someone needs to talk.
Because of the negative impact of family violence on youth, CWS has developed a program specifically for children. Through CWS' Children's Program, mothers receive parenting support and information. Children benefit from play therapy, groups and individual attention so that they can break the cycle of violence in their adult lives.
Clackamas Women's Services offers women & children more than a safe place to sleep. CWS provides broken families with long-term emotional and financial support, and transitional housing to ensure their successful journey from crisis to stability.