Alternatives to Violence focuses on adult and child victims of domestic abuse. The program combines a continuum of housing options (walk-in, emergency shelter, and transitional housing) with domestic violence case management and supportive services. Both shelter and a confidential helpline are staffed 24 hours a day. Safety planning, staff facilitated support groups, domestic abuse education, options counseling, and legal advocacy are offered to all participants. Staff members specialize in working with children, senior citizens, and Spanish speakers. A transitional living component provides 12-18 months of domestic violence and economic empowerment services: case management and subsidized housing to women and children from backgrounds of domestic abuse, 6 months of case management services beyond housing period.
CARE House is Rock County’s recognized Child Advocacy Center and is the only program in the county focusing on the child-centered approach to prevention, investigation and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The program provides a coordinated, child-friendly, family-friendly response and the nurturing environment provides a safe place where child victims are interviewed by a maltreatment professional, and the trauma of the investigative process is minimized.
Child Care Scholarship Program provides for safe, affordable onsite before and after school care at 12 elementary school sites as well as a P4J (Janesville School District 4 year old Kindergarten), preschool, and day camp & non-school days for school age children on at the YWCA Community Services Center.
Immigrant Outreach Services is the initial point of contact for new and relatively recent immigrants for their basic needs. Services and programming includes: Interpretation and translation; English and Spanish Classes; Assistance with immigration and naturalization matters; Cultural celebrations; Promotion of tolerance; Advocacy; Information & Referral; Community Education; Culturally sensitive response to domestic violence victims.
Racial Justice Program provides education and opportunities for racial dialogue in a safe environment. Success is measured by verbal and written feedback, and shared changed actions.
Transitions for Women offers a safe environment for the services and resources needed by women who are unemployed or underemployed as they seek out employment and further their education. The program targets women with limited technological literacy, no access to online computers, poor communication skills and no supportive networks through a hands-on approach to pre-job guidance working in a collaborative problem-solving environment. Personalized trauma-sensitive case management services are also provided.