Emergency Safety Shelter
CADA’s shelter is an inclusive, family-friendly, and survivor-centered space for women and children seeking safety from relationship abuse or sexual violence. Our shelter is located in Mankato, Minnesota, and can house about 22 people at a time. On average, people stay in shelter for 2 or 3 months – some people need less time, and some people need more time.
The shelter environment is similar to that of a dorm. There are common areas shared by all residents, such as the kitchen, living room, children's playroom, and laundry room. Families have their own private rooms. However, there may be a rare occasion when single women need to share a room due to space restrictions. We do our best to make sure everyone has a private space to call their own.
Staying in shelter is free and CADA provides home-cooked meals, personal care items, and other basic necessities.
What to expect when you call seeking shelter
If you are in need of shelter, please call us at 1-800-477-0466. There is an advocate available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call and assist you in accessing safety. Your phone call will take anywhere from 15-45 minutes. An advocate will ask you some questions about your situation, family size, and location. Some of the questions may seem very personal to you and we strive to proceed through your phone call with empathy and compassion, and without judgement. If CADA’s shelter is full or is not the most appropriate resource for you, advocates will do their best to assist you in finding other resources.
CADA provides emergency safety shelter for female identified survivors and their children experiencing domestic and sexual violence and sex trafficking.
Our shelter is a fully secured facility that offers:
24-hour crisis intervention
Safe housing, food, clothing, and transportation
Advocacy and support groups for women and children
Emotional and physical support and healing
Short- and long-term safety planning
Legal, housing, and systems advocacy
Information and referral
Therapeutic counseling opportunities
Follow-up services and support
Assistance in securing emergency services
Information, referral, advocacy, and hotel access for men experiencing abuse