Michigan’s only comprehensive center for all victims of abuse is located right here in our community
While you may think of LACASA as a domestic violence shelter, this independent, local nonprofit is far more than that. Each year, nearly 4,000 victims of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault seek help, hope and healing here.
Since opening in 1981, LACASA has continued to expand the scope and breadth of its services. Today, it provides more than 30 specialized programs for those who have suffered physical, emotional or sexual abuse, often at the hands of the people they trusted the most.
LACASA is the only nonprofit agency in the state — and one of just a few in the nation — that provides complete wrap-around services for all victims of abuse under one roof. Victims and their families have convenient access to help in a safe and familiar setting, which prevents further trauma, lessens the stress of scheduling appointments at multiple agencies, eases transportation costs, and reduces time off from work and school.
LACASA’s unique approach makes sound economic sense for the community. It eliminates the duplication of services and facility expenses that would be incurred by operating three separate brick-and-mortar agencies.
We know there’s no such thing as a free lunch: LACASA receives state and federal funding for specific programs, which always comes with a requirement to match grants, sometimes dollar for dollar. LACASA then must work to secure private donations in order to provide its life-saving and life-changing programs.
Child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault are a community problem, and Livingston County is fortunate to have an agency that not only serves victims and survivors, but works tirelessly to help prevent abuse. Last year, LACASA’s county-wide awareness programs reached more than 49,000 residents. In addition to helping victims of abuse, your donation also spearheads prevention initiatives.
I invite you to explore all the reasons why LACASA is More than a Shelter. I especially hope you read Maggie’s Story, a personal account of abuse shared by one of our survivors.
When you make a contribution to LACASA, I promise that your gift will change lives right here at home.
Chair, LACASA Board of Directors
Retired Executive Director, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital