The Diane Peppler Emergency Shelter, a 19-bed residential facility located in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, provides temporary and emergency shelter for adults and their children victimized by domestic violence. Our shelter is open and a crisis line is in operation 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We provide all services free of charge.
While in shelter, clients receive support services which enable them to make informed choices in an environment of support and security. Most clients come to the shelter on an emergency basis, therefore most personal care items are provided. community donations of furniture, carpet, and household items are provided to those who need to establish a new household.
During a shelter stay, we provide group counseling, individual crisis and support counseling, information, referrals, and advocacy for legal, health, housing, financial and transportation. The Diane Peppler Resource Center provides everything victims and their children need to stay safe and escape from their batters at one confidential location – all easily and safely accessible.
Survivors of a recent sexual assault or rape who do not feel comfortable or safe staying in their own home are also served at the shelter. Men needing shelter are housed at a safe location off site.
An individual is eligible for Diane Peppler Resource Center programs and services if the individual is a survivor or domestic or sexual assault, or a survivor’s dependent. No survivor or dependent of a survivor will be denied services because of their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, nationality, disability or medical condition.
To access our emergency shelter call our 24-hour Hotline: 1-800-882-1515. Our Hotline advocates are trained to assess the level of danger for everyone who calls for shelter and to find safe solutions. for those not ready for the step of seeking shelter, advocates can help build a safety plan and give advice and information about all Diane Peppler Resource Center programs and services.