In 1971, seeing the need for safe living spaces for female survivors of domestic violence and their children, a small group of women established the non-profit organization, “Women’s Community Association”. They utilized local houses to shelter multiple women and families in the Albuquerque area.
In 1976, Women’s Community Association incorporated. In 1986, the current location of the shelter was deeded to Women’s Community Association for the purposes of continuing services to women fleeing domestic violence.
In 2005, after a change in leadership and a re-organization, the agency’s name was changed to S.A.F.E. House (Shelter and Family Empowerment). It remains a confidential housing location for survivors, with a multitude of direct and transitional services emphasizing empowered sustainability.
S.A.F.E. House focuses on survivors of intimate partner violence specifically, and coinciding with the above-mentioned transition, is no longer gender-delineated. We currently house diverse men, women, children, and members of the LGBTQ communities with an emphasis on crisis intervention, safety planning, personal empowerment, economic sustainability, and long term residential stability for survivors and their children.