Brief History of Christos House While working at the Howell County Volunteers, Pat Jones saw a rising need for services for domestic violence victims in the West Plains area. At first, Mrs. Jones coordinated for local safe houses to shelter victims with which she came into contact. The numbers of victims asking for help continued to grow and became impractical to use safe houses. Mrs. Peg Shaw collaborated with Ms. Jones and established Christos House Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence in 1982. In 1985 Christos House received 501c3 status. Christos House has gone through many changes in its 38 years, but its focus remains the same, to assist victims of domestic and sexual violence through crisis intervention, emergency shelter, support, and court related services. The Board of Directors is committed to ending domestic and sexual violence. The primary goal of Christos House is to provide a safe place for victims of domestic violence to build independence. With this new independence, it is hoped that the survivors will be able to break the pattern of violence in their families. In order to build independence, Christos House provides housing for victims and related services. These services include, but are not limited to, professional counseling; court and personal advocacy; transportation (to the shelter, to appointments, and for relocation); classes in budgeting, nutrition, parenting, daily living skills, and job skills; assistance in filing Crime Victims Compensations forms; awareness programs; peer and group support; and outreach services. Christos House has had the primary shelter since 2004. Christos House has four current locations: shelter, outreach office in West Plains, resale store in West Plains, and an outreach and resale in Alton. Although women and children are accepted on a first come, first served basis, the majority of shelter residents come from Howell and the surrounding counties (Ozark, Oregon, Douglas, Texas, Wright, Shannon, and Carter - however, we will provide services to any victims coming from outside our area). For that reason, these counties are considered the targeted service area and efforts are concentrated toward public education, volunteer recruitment, and service delivery to local residents. However, we will provide services to victims outside the stated service area if the need arises.
Confidentiality is crucial to Christos House. All staff, volunteers, delivery and service people, and clients sign a confidentiality form stating they agree to keep the location of Christos House and the names of residents or any information regarding resident circumstances confidential. All files are kept locked and only made available to staff members, the client, and/or by court subpoena.