Things You Should Know
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW DO I KNOW I WILL BE SAFE?
Your personal safety is our first priority. When our Shelter was designed, it was done so with your security in mind. Our staff is made aware of any special concerns and remains on watch around the clock. We also have a good relationship with the Plymouth Police Department.
WILL MY CHILDREN BE SAFE? WHAT ABOUT THEIR SCHOOLING?
Yes, your children will be safe. Please see the answer to the above question. Unless your children are in school or in a group they are under your watch and care at all times. Concerning their schooling, The Heminger House will assist in enrolling them in The Plymouth Community School Corporation. For play, all outdoor play areas are secure and monitored and have a sitting area where you can sit comfortably to watch over them.
WILL I BE SLEEPING ON A COT IN A LARGE ROOM WITH OTHERS?
No. The only time you would be offered a cot is when our Shelter is full and our only option to secure your safety is to offer you and/or your children a cot. Otherwise, our Shelter rooms are reserved for either adult or family living. Large rooms can accommodate up to three single women and our smaller rooms are normally used for single women.
WHAT OTHER FACILITIES DOES THE HEMINGER HOUSE OFFER?
In addition to a comfortable bed, linens, and items you need for your personal care, the Shelter facility offers you everything you will need during your stay - and more. Restrooms and showers are spacious and centrally located. Laundry facilities are available throughout the day. Telephones are available in our reception area. A fully equipped playroom for toddlers is available. Common areas are available to share in the company of others; coloring, reading, or quiet conversation; a television lounge for entertainment; a fully stocked kitchen; an outdoor playground; a patio for adults; and.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
Due to storage limitations, we ask that you bring as little as possible with you. We ask that you bring a current ID or Driver's License, your birth certificate and social security card, important court documents, a photograph of your abuser, your cell phone, and charger.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO LEAVE MY BELONGINGS BEHIND?
If your name is on the lease or deed to the property from which you fled, we can arrange for a police officer to accompany you to pick up essential personal belongings from your residence. If you are not able to return to your residence, your case manager will work with you to replace clothing, medications, birth certificates, and any other vital items left behind.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE AT THE SHELTER?
A staff member will help you complete an intake interview and will explain the rules. After completing the intake process, you will then be given a tour of the shelter, provided with linens and personal care kits, and settled into your room. After you are settled in the shelter, you will meet with your Case Manager to determine how we can best help you during your stay.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME?
You will be expected to set goals for yourself and work toward those goals. All residents are required to attend educational groups and be present at house meetings, when possible. You will be expected to refrain from using drugs or alcohol during your stay, to abide by all house rules, and to meet with your case manager regularly. Any child over the age of four will be expected to attend children's groups. Mistreatment of a child is not tolerated including verbal abuse and physical discipline such as spanking.
HOW LONG CAN I STAY?
The average stay is 45 days, however you may choose to leave at any time. During your stay, your case manager will work with you to ensure you are making progress toward your goals. As you approach 45 days in shelter and find that you need more time to get back on your feet, you may apply for an extension of your stay.
WHAT TYPE OF HELP IS AVAILABLE TO HELP ME START OVER?
A broad range of supportive and practical services are available to help you start over. We offer individual and group counseling, legal assistance, and referrals for job training, employment and housing. Our Case Managers can help you with a protective order or accompany you to court.
WHAT ABOUT MY PETS?
We are happy to report that our shelter is a Pet Friendly Shelter. We allow small dogs as well as cats at our shelter. We ask that your pet be up to date on all vacations and you have proof of that. If you have a larger animal, we will work with the Humane Society of Marshall County to find them shelter.