Coastal Women’s Shelter Embarks on Monumental Changes
July 14th, 2023
New Bern, NC, July 14, 2023 - July is a month of commemorating some major historical events for our nation, and for Coastal Women’s Shelter, July brings some major changes for this organization and the three counties of Craven, Jones, and Pamlico whom they serve. Since the early 1980’s, Coastal Women’s Shelter has served individuals who have been victims of domestic violence, and now, beginning on July 1, 2023, they will open up their services to victims of sexual assault as well. “We are very eager about bringing these very much needed changes to our agency,” said Amanda Delgado, Executive Director, Coastal Women’s Shelter. Delgado states, “We know that adding these services brings new responsibilities for our staff, board, and volunteers, but I know they are all capable of this important work. Our staff have already undergone some specialized training and will continue to learn the best practices for not just domestic violence but sexual assault as well.” Delgado went on to say, “We know there is a need in our communities, and our goal is to meet this need and work hard so that these cycles of violence may be broken, and lives can be transformed.” “These are very exciting times for Coastal Women’s Shelter,” said Rev. Jim Daub, President of the Board of Directors. Rev. Daub went on to say, “I am very proud of our Executive Director and staff to see how willing they were to take on the task of adding these new responsibilities and addressing these needs in our community. This truly shows the dedication, level of skills and ability and caliber of our staff and volunteers of this organization. I am also very proud that our board of directors fully supported the decision, without hesitation, to move forward to make this historical decision to expand our services to care for those in need.”
About Coastal Women’s Shelter
Coastal Women’s Shelter has served the community for over 35 years by building a bridge to empower survivors on their journey to safety and security. Coastal Women’s Shelter is the sole provider of no-cost comprehensive domestic and sexual violence services in Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties. Our services include a 24-hour crisis line, court advocacy, monthly support groups for victims, survivors, and their families, tuition assistance, necessities like clothing and food, resources for employment, housing assistance, and inter-agency information and referrals. We also provide some employability services through a grant from the North Carolina Council for Women. Challenges faced by our target population include the need for childcare, little to no family support for continuing their education and/or employment, the need for increased knowledge about effective parenting practices, domestic and sexual violence, and homelessness. Our vision is to eradicate domestic and sexual violence in the counties that we serve. Our mission is to help families break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence and acquire the skills necessary to promote healthy family relationships. Visit the Coastal Women’s Shelter website for more information at www.coastalwomensshelter.org.