Shelter Events

Design House

A local Charlottesville homeowner generously opens their doors to a team of local designers and vendors eager to transform the home room-by-room. The resulting makeover is showcased in tours open to the public with all proceeds benefiting the Shelter for Help in Emergency.

Through Design House, the Shelter offers a tangible reminder of the home we would wish for each person in our community: a haven of love and laughter, free from fear and violence. We believe that no matter how different the structures of our individual dwellings may be, surely they can all share that quality at heart, because peace on earth begins at home. Access more information at or find us on Facebook at   If you think you have the perfect home to showcase in 2020, please complete our Design House Application.

Mother’s Day Cards

For the tens of thousands of women who will spend Mother’s Day in domestic violence shelters, the day will be one to simply celebrate peace and safety for themselves and their children. And some women trapped in abusive relationships will only wish that at least on Mother’s Day — one day a year — they could find some respite from abuse.

Instead of flowers and brunch, consider honoring your mother this Mother’s Day with a gift that shows you care about all women. Your donation of $45 to the Shelter for Help in Emergency will provide one night of safe housing and support services, one night when a woman can sleep without fear and a child will not be awakened to witness terrifying abuse.

And perhaps you’d like to honor other women who have given you love and support – the friend who has stood beside you through all the major storms of your life, whose very presence creates a safe harbor, or the sister you can call at any hour, whose door is always open.

Honor your mother or another special woman on Mother’s Day and help break the cycle of domestic violence. Make a donation to the Shelter for Help in Emergency, and we will send a card to the woman you have chosen to honor, notifying her that your gift helped a woman take a step toward a safer life.  A gift of $45 will help the Shelter to provide one night of safe housing, counseling and support for a woman in crisis.  If you choose, you may donate additional nights of shelter at $45 each. For more information call (434) 963-4676.

Download the Mother’s Day flyer

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Each October, the Shelter for Help in Emergency recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month. It is a time to remember victims and honor survivors; it is a time to acknowledge those who have dedicated their time and energy to helping end domestic violence; and, it is a time to remind people that domestic violence is a community problem and one that we all must take an active role in if we hope to make a change.

Throughout the month we sponsor events and activities including a Candlelight Vigil, Art Contest, PEACE Project (Police Education and Awareness in Communities Everywhere), Brown Bag Lunch series and 5K Run for Shelter.

Candlelight Vigil: Held on the first Monday in October in downtown Charlottesville, this time is set aside to honor and remember victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Speak Out Against Domestic Violence: Held on the first Monday in October at the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall.  Join us and take a stand.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Held on Wednesdays in October.  Speakers offer insight on obstacles domestic violence victims and their families face as they work towards a life free of abuse.

5K Run for Shelter: Held on the first Saturday in November in Charlottesville, this fundraising and awareness event draws 200-300 dedicated runners and supporters of the Shelter. After the 8:00 am race finishes, all runners are welcome to stay for a chance to win one of  many grab bag prizes donated by area businesses. This is always a fun and successful event thanks to many generous businesses and volunteers.  2018 Race Results  2018 Race Awards

Peace on Earth Begins at Home Art Contest: Area schools are invited to submit entries in our annual art contest where students create a picture following the theme “Peace on Earth Begins at Home”.  The winning artwork it then used for our 5K t-shirt and Shelter notecards.

PEACE Project (Police Education and Awareness in Communities Everywhere): Visits with all area law-enforcement agencies dedicated to celebrating the police officers who work in our community and to educate them around the issues of domestic violence.

Education & Outreach

Our mission is to end domestic violence in our community. With that goal in mind, Shelter staff provide free educational programs to civic organizations, schools, workplaces, allied professionals, the faith community and any other community group that may request a training.  Please call  (434) 963-4676 to schedule a presentation.

Volunteer Training

Looking for a rewarding way to give back to your community? Interested in becoming part of an integral team dedicated to helping women and children living with abuse?

We are seeking men and women from all walks of life to participate in our volunteer training sessions. Volunteers are needed to serve on the hotline as well as work as Shelter Managers, Court Monitors, Children’s Program Assistants, office support, Spanish language interpreters, event organizers and many other opportunities!

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at  (434) 963-4676 or by email at