Frequently Asked Questions
What is your service area?
Hope House has a five-county service area: Sauk, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, and Adams counties.
Are your services free?
Yes, the services we provide, such as shelter, advocacy, and education, are free of charge.
Do I need to stay in your shelter in order to get help or receive other services?
No, advocates work with victims regardless of whether or not they are staying at our shelter. Shelter is just one of the options we offer to victims.
Do you provide services to men?
Yes, if a man is a victim of domestic violence and/or sexual assault, we can provide him with shelter through motel vouchers or referral to another shelter program and with our regular advocacy services.
How long has Hope House been in existence?
Hope House was organized as the Sauk County Task Force on Domestic Abuse in March of 1983 and became incorporated as a non-profit organization on October 23, 1983. The Board of Directors and numerous volunteers worked to help individuals affected by domestic violence. The first paid Director was hired in 1986 to recruit volunteers, promote services, secure funding, and develop the organization. Two major functions were identified for the new agency: 1) client services and 2) community education. Emergency shelter was provided on a short-term basis by a network of volunteer “safe homes” within Sauk County.
In November of 1987, the Task Force purchased an older, single-family home with 4 bedrooms to provide emergency shelter. In January of the following year, the shelter opened its doors. In December of 1997, the name of the organization was formally changed to Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, Inc. (dba Hope House), because it reflected the spirit of the agency, the area of coverage and the variety of resources offered by the program. In 2000, Hope House formally changed the mission of the organization to reflect the inclusion of services for victims of sexual violence. In the spring of 2010, Hope House purchased a former assisted living home at 720 Ash Street in Baraboo. For the first time, Hope House now has our offices and shelter in the same location. Please click here to learn more.
How is Hope House funded?
The majority of Hope House's funding comes from government grants, such as the Victims of Crime Act, Sexual Assault Victims Services, and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Other funding sources include community/local foundation grants, United Way, Hope House fundraising, and local support. Hope House relies on the community for donations as some of our grants require us to have a certain amount of matching from the community.
I've heard of another "Hope House" - are you affiliated?
Our official title is Hope House of South Central Wisconsin, Inc. We are not affiliated with any other Hope Houses in the state or elsewhere in the country.
Where can I learn more about domestic violence and sexual assault, and other issues like teen dating violence, child abuse, elder abuse, and stalking?
Click here for recommended links Where is your shelter?
Hope House's shelter and office space is located at 720 Ash Street in Baraboo. We can provide emergency transportation to our shelter if a victim is not able to get to the shelter on her own.
Who can stay at your shelter?
Women (and any children they may have) that are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and need a safe place to stay. Male victims in need of housing are offered motel vouchers or referral to another shelter program.
How long can someone stay in shelter?
Typical shelter stays are 30 days or less. Extensions may be requested for extenuating circumstances.
How big is your shelter?
Hope House's new building at 720 Ash Street in Baraboo currently has 9-bedrooms each with their own bathroom. We have a large kitchen and dining room, a great room for residents to relax in, a sunroom for playtime and games, and other meeting and office space rooms.
How many people can stay at Hope House?
Our current maximum capacity is set at 20.
What do you do if your shelter is full and someone requests shelter?
Hope House will work with another domestic violence shelter in the state to find safe shelter when we are full.
What do you mean by "advocacy"?
The role of Hope House advocates is to listen, believe, support, and empower victims and survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Advocates answer the helpline, provide counseling and safety planning for adults and children, facilitate support groups, help with obtaining restraining orders and court accompaniment, and provide information, resources, and referrals. Hope House advocates meet with victims and survivors throughout our five-county service area to provide these advocacy services.
Can my advocate set me up with housing, food, transportation, or money vouchers?
Hope House advocates will inform victims/survivors about available resources in the community. Advocates will discuss options and steps victims/survivors can take and support them through that process. Advocates will not make decisions for victims/survivors or take the steps for them (this is a part of our empowerment philosophy).
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