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The Safe Shelter Collaborative creates a responsive, community-based network of support that deploys existing shelter resources and unlocks new funding streams. Participating agencies have access to tools and resources that streamline services, provide funding, and expand the capacity of participating agencies to serve survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault.
The Safe Shelter Collaborative is currently free for qualified agencies. If you are a 501(c)(3) public charity, a tribal organization, or a government agency that provides support to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, or sexual assault, you may be eligible to join the Safe Shelter Collaborative. All participating agencies complete a vetting process to verify that they provide sheltering services. If you aren't quite ready to apply and have questions, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At any point during this process, our support team is ready to help with technical questions, operational best practices, and general assistance. Our web site is also filled with resources staff can use to get started and expand their knowledge:
You’ve spread the word and you’re ready to help launch a regional collaborative
What does it look like?
There are agencies:
A mix of sheltering agencies and referral agencies (around 8, but each region is different) spanning a county, a city, or even a state, depending on the best fit for your area.
A kick-off meeting:
Caravan Studios will schedule this informative meeting for all participating agencies and stakeholders. This in-person or online meeting will take an hour, and will include introductions to all of the participating agencies, account set up, and testing the process to some practice in how the Safe Shelter Collaborative works.
An official launch:
When all participating agencies are ready to go, we'll select a date to officially launch the collaborative. At this point, agencies have all of the information needed and feel comfortable moving forward together.