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Family Tree has changed the name of Women In Crisis, its domestic violence emergency shelter, to Roots of Courage.

“We felt it was very important to rename the shelter because our previous name, Women In Crisis, did not accurately represent the services we provide and the population we serve,” said according to shelter director Tirzah Stein in a March 7 press release. “We recognize the significance of having a name that is not only aligned with Family Tree’s mission and philosophy to be inclusive of all gender identities, but one that shares a positive, powerful and uplifting message.”

The purpose of Roots of Courage (ROC) is to help keep survivors safe from domestic violence by providing a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, safety planning, advocacy, community resources, health care and other supportive services, according to Stein.

“Providing a confidential place to stay is just one component of the ROC shelter program. Food and shelter are the most basic needs addressed by what we do. As important, and sometimes more important, are the emotional needs that are addressed during a survivor's stay in the shelter. Advocacy, support, information, and community resources all provide the foundation that survivors need to make courageous decisions to be safe. Through one-on-one advocacy and support groups, survivors are given the opportunity to learn about domestic violence, the effects it has on their lives, and how to plan for their safety.”

Stein hopes the name change will empower survivors to seek services and help them feel welcome and accepted.

“We know not everyone experiencing domestic violence, relates to ‘being in crisis,’ and not all survivors are female identified.”

Family Tree works alongside people affected by child abuse, domestic violence, and homelessness throughout their journey to safety and economic independence, according to Stein. It provides emergency residential services, case management and advocacy, therapeutic services, outreach support, housing search and placement, education and employment support, among many other services.

For over four decades, Family Tree has provided innovative, life-changing services designed to end child abuse and neglect, domestic violence and homelessness. As one of the only non-profit organizations in the Denver metro area working to address the interconnectedness among these issues, Family Tree is changing how individuals, families and communities see, respond to, and overcome these challenges.

For more information, visit www.thefamilytree.org.