JOIN US IN THE DAWNING OF A NEW DAIS
The truth is that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime; one in ten men will. These victims are your friends, relatives, neighbors and colleagues. Abuse cuts across all lines of race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion and gender. What victims share is the dream of a better life–and with the dawning of a new DAIS, we can help make their dreams a reality.
For 35 years, DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) has worked passionately and effectively to empower individuals affected by domestic violence by providing a wide variety of vital programs- including the only
emergency shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their children in Dane County. This means that from Mt. Horeb to Cottage Grove, DeForest to Stoughton, the DAIS shelter is your shelter. Here in Dane County we have the smallest shelter per capita in all of Wisconsin–just 25 beds–and every night the beds are full. Often we have a waiting list of more than 50 victims and their children seeking safety. Despite its limited space, DAIS continues to serve thousands of women, children and men each year and has continued to grow our programs and partnerships. View a video, created John Urban, about the current DAIS shelter and the need for a new facility in our community.
But “making do” is no longer an option. The word “overcrowded” doesn’t begin to tell the story. There is no room for families to grieve and rebuild or for staff to have the space to provide programs and services. Not one more computer can be added to the electrical system. And the shelter only has six bedrooms and two bathrooms for 25 people — but things are about to change.
NEEDED HOPE AND SAFETY IS ON THE HORIZON
DAIS plan for a new facility is part of our continuing evolution into an organization our community so urgently needs. The facility will match the high quality of services and support that DAIS currently provides to the community– and offer enough room to meet the needs of those fleeing violence. A new facility means victims’ lives get back on track with a strong foundation that helps protect them from homelessness and further violence. It means room to heal and rebuild. Learn more about our new home.
It will take the support of the Dane County community to build this place of hope, safety and transformation for victims of domestic violence. Will you be a part of the new DAIS? I WILL.
- About the Capital Campaign
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- Learn more about A Light in the Window: an interfaith initiative that will connect faith-based organizations from around Dane County to provide hope and safety for victims of domestic violence in Dane County.
- Name one of the 28 bedrooms in the new DAIS shelter in honor or in memory of a loved one through The Honor Project.