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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 support

Short- and long-term safety planning

Parenting support

Legal, housing, and systems advocacy

Information and referral

Interpreter services

Programming opportunities for relationship abuse and sexual abuse

Referrals to counseling services

Follow-up services and support

Assistance in securing emergency services

Information, referral, advocacy, and hotel access for men experiencing abuse

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