About Shelter for Help in Emergency

The Shelter for Help in Emergency’s mission is to end domestic violence in our community.  For nearly forty years, the Shelter has committed to providing a safe, confidential, and respectful environment in which survivors of domestic violence are empowered with the knowledge of personal and community resources as well as the skills needed to make informed decisions for themselves and for their families.

The Shelter for Help in Emergency is the only agency in Planning District Ten (City of Charlottesville and the five surrounding counties of Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa and Nelson providing comprehensive services to women and children who are victims of violence within their home or relationship. Offering services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Shelter utilizes professional staff and trained volunteers to carry out program goals. Shelter services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, supportive counseling, case management services, court advocacy and accompaniment, services and support to the Spanish-speaking community, educational groups, allied professional training and consultation. The 24-hour hotline is available for crisis intervention and referral assistance. Women and children needing a safe place to escape the violence in their home may seek temporary, emergency housing through the residential facility. Abused men are offered support services and temporary emergency shelter in a safe alternative location.

About Design House

In 2009, the Shelter’s 30th anniversary year, a vision for establishing a major fundraising event to help sustain the Shelter’s residential facilities operations and outreach in the greater Charlottesville community was established in the Design House event.

The idea for a Design House to benefit SHE had its roots in the new emergency residential shelter opened in 2008. As the first facility designed from the ground up specifically for victims of domestic violence in our community, it was important that the shelter should be bright, airy and welcoming – an inspiring, nurturing environment to foster physical and emotional healing.

We realized that, for most of us, that ideal is the essence of our concept of “home.” While a house may provide merely shelter from the physical elements, a home should offer a respite from all the buffeting pressures and conflicts of the outside world. At home, we all seek to be comforted and nurtured. At home, we open our hearts. And each year, a Charlottesville-area homeowner opens their heart and generously extends the use of his or her residence for the Design House event. Designers and their vendors assigned to individual rooms and spaces showcase their talents and the latest in interior design styles and techniques. The result is a unique tour for visitors, where each room reflects a designer’s creative vision and provides endless and inspiring ideas for the home.