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Domestic violence shelter opens new location serving Ontario, Seneca, and Yates counties

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On the heels of Domestic Violence Awareness Month Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes unveiled the “Home of Roses” in Seneca County.


This marks the first domestic violence shelter to serve residents of Ontario, Seneca, and Yates counties, which were among the last few counties in New York without such a facility. Senator Pam Helming secured a state grant of $300,000 for the establishment of the shelter, further boosted by over $650,000 in community donations. Monica Bertino Wooden, a community donor, emphasized the critical need for a safe haven for those escaping violence, while Rachel Gregory, Deputy Director of Safe Harbors, highlighted the profound impact of the shelter on victims, noting the palpable sense of relief and gratitude they exhibit upon finding a safe place.

Safe Harbors, which provides free, confidential services for those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking in the three counties, is proud to have this resource available. The community-driven initiative, championed by supporters like Senator Helming, John Cleere, Seneca County Undersheriff, and many generous donors, represents a significant stride in supporting and safeguarding vulnerable individuals. Those seeking assistance can reach the Safe Harbors 24-hour hotline at 1-800-247-7273.