ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments) was founded in 1983 through the shared vision of two women with graduate degrees from Washington University, who worked as advocates for battered women. Aware of the critical need for safe shelter for women and children victimized by domestic violence in St. Louis, they decided to fill the existing void in services. ALIVE's humble beginnings were in two rooms donated by a local church, with two volunteer co-directors and six safe home providers who shared their homes with battered women and their children when safe shelter was unavailable. In addition to this temporary sanctuary program, four support groups were held weekly.ALIVE was incorporated in 1985 and with great determination and vision ALIVE prospered into a full-service domestic violence agency. Today's "Nights of Safety" program remains true to the founders' original concept of providing temporary emergency sanctuary when all domestic violence shelter beds are full. ALIVE's additional services include:
a 24-hour crisis line.emergency transportation.individual and group adult counseling.children's treatment program.court advocacy.community education.LGBTQ services for victims of initmate parnter violence or hate crimes.
ALIVE's paid staff has grown from one half-time person to the current count of nine full-time and two part-time employees. The operational volunteer corps that started with eight women now numbers 50 strong.
Mission: ALIVE's mission is to provide counseling, emergency sanctuary and other critical services to adults and children impacted by domestic abuse, as well as to increase awareness in order to create a supportive community. ALIVE's vision is to end domestic abuse, restoring safety and peace one family at a time.
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