Coastal Women’s Shelter is dedicated to the development of the family as an essential and responsible part of society. Click to view our Mission Statement. To this end, the Board of Directors established a program in 1986 to assist family members, primarily women and children, who suffer when there is a breakdown in the family system resulting domestic violence.
Coastal Women’s Shelter provides support, education and alternatives to those whose lives have been disrupted by the devastating effects of domestic violence.
Coastal Women’s Shelter of North Carolina is the only agency of its kind for Craven, Pamlico, and Jones Counties. Our organization provides a comprehensive range of services to members of the community who are affected by domestic and family violence. Our services include a 24 hour Crisis Line, court advocacy, monthly support groups for women and children, transportation, employment resources, housing assistance, and interagency information and referrals. Increasing community awareness and education is another integral part of our program. Through client outreach, educational and training workshops, we hope to increase local awareness of domestic and family violence, their causes, and impact on families and the community.
While most of our services extend to women and children in the local area who are effected by domestic and family violence, we also provide some services to men and to families and individuals from other counties, states, and of other nationalities.
CWS employs ten full time staff members, including: the Executive Director, three Court Advocates, Shelter Director, Shelter Evening Manager, Shelter Night Manager, and Operations Manager. We also have several part time and contracted employees, including nine Relief Workers at the safe house and the coordinator of our New Choices program (which is part of our Displaced Homemakers services).
Volunteers also play an integral part of our organization. Approximately forty volunteers are active participants in our agency. They assist us in numerous capacities, including: child care, transportation, clerical work, advocacy, public education and awareness presentations, fundraisers, and taking calls for the hotline.
The CWS Safe House is located in a safe, residential area of Craven County. To protect the residents, the exact location of the shelter remains confidential to protect the residents.