Polly’s Place is back

Published 4:39 am Thursday, June 9, 2005

By By ERIN VER BERKMOES / Niles Daily Star
NILES - Women and children who are looking to get out of a domestic abuse situation will once again have a place to go in Niles.
On Monday, Polly's Place Niles, will open its doors offering their faith based services for those women and children who are looking to leave abusive situations.
Polly's Place is a treatment focused shelter which allows the residents to stay for two months, unlike most shelters which only allow them to stay for 30 days.
The shelter's location is not disclosed to ensure the safety of the residents, and can house up to 15 women and children.
During the two month program, the residents are offered individual counseling two times a week and group therapy four times a week. The women are also offered spiritual counseling if needed.
Baltazar added that Polly's Place Niles, also offers the residents workshops on budgeting, parenting classes and any other skills needed to get them back on their feet.
Part of the center's reorganization was to become part of the Polly's Place network, which connects them with other Polly's Place shelters in other regions of the country. Dr. Mable Dunbar started Polly's Place in Spokane, Wash.
As with any non-profit based organization Polly's Place Niles is always willing to accept donations from the community.
Polly's Place Niles can be contacted at (269) 687-9822 or at pollysplaceniles@yahoo.com for those who wish to leave an abusive situation or wishing to volunteer.