Crossroads Safehouse Celebrates 40 Years of Service!
In 1980, we opened a new 4-bedroom facility for the very first time, and we were at capacity within two hours of opening our doors.
As we launch into Crossroads Safehouse’s 40th year of providing lifesaving services to our community, we begin by reflecting on the very beginning.
In 1977, a task force of representatives of the District Attorney’s Office, mental health organizations, law enforcement, community agencies, and women’s organizations united to address the lack of services for battered women in Larimer County. Together, they formed what would be referred to as the Battered Women’s Task Force. This task force identified the development of a shelter as its top priority and began seeking funding. In 1979, the City of Fort Collins awarded $100,000 in Community Development Block Grants to purchase a shelter facility. The Battered Women’s Task Force proceeded to convene a Board of Directors and was admitted as a United Way agency. In 1980, the new facility was renovated and the safehouse opened its doors to clients on August 12, 1980.
Since then, Crossroads Safehouse has grown considerably. It is now housed in a 29,000 square foot facility with 31 rooms that can accommodate 96 people. We serve women, men and children every day of the year. Our team of 33 dedicated staff members works hard to provide wrap-around services to provide victims with access to our emergency shelter, legal advocacy, family and youth advocacy, crisis intervention, rapid rehousing and legal representation.