Middle Way House is one of six National Model Domestic Violence programs (US DOJ, 2000). Placement on this list reflects one very important measure as well as an approach to programming that has been innovative, comprehensive, and strength-based. Middle Way House’s rate of return to an abusive relationship, following a shelter stay, has ranged from 8% to 18% over the past 20 years. In 2013, the rate was 13% — truly remarkable in comparison to 55-70% nationally! We know our work is effective based on client responses to the exit review, pre- and post-test scores tied to our educational programs, an interactive trending tool and extensive reporting and follow-up with women.
In 2013, we provided emergency shelter to 246 women and children. 87 percent of the women housed were able to successfully leave their abuser. Some moved out of the area, some found homes in the region, and some moved into The Rise, the transitional housing arm of Middle Way House. In 2013, we provided transitional housing to 50 women and their 110 children. Of all families served in 2013 who exited transitional housing, 87% have been able to secure and maintain permanent housing.
Our work extends beyond crisis management to help build safer, healthier communities.