In 1980, within two hours of opening our doors for the very first time, our facility was at capacity. Since then, the need to support victims of domestic violence and interpersonal abuse persists.
As we launch into Crossroads Safehouse’s 40th year of providing lifesaving services to our community, we begin by reflecting from the very beginning…
In 1977, a task force of representatives of the District Attorney’s Office, mental health organizations, law enforcement, community agencies, and women’s organizations united to address the lack of services for battered women in Larimer County. Together, they formed what would come to be referred to as the Battered Women’s Task Force. This task force identified the development of a shelter as its top priority and began seeking funding. In 1979, the City of Fort Collins awarded $100,000 in Community Development Block Grants to purchase a shelter facility. The Battered Women’s Task Force proceeded to elect a Board of Directors and was then admitted as a United Way agency. Striking an agreement with The City of Fort Collins for a long-term $1 per year lease, they secured their first facility. In 1980, the safehouse was renovated and opened its doors to clients on August 12, 1980.
Since then, the organization has grown considerably. Crossroads Safehouse is now housed in a 29,000 square foot facility with 34 rooms and 104 beds that serves men, women, and children every day of the year. As the population grows in northern Colorado, our team of 30 dedicated staff members works hard to provide wrap-around services to these victims in need including access to our emergency shelter with therapy, legal advice, food, and much more.