About Us

In 1977, a group of caring men and women in Imperial County called a community meeting to discuss the problem of domestic violence, which was just then beginning to receive public attention. The dedicated people who attended that first organizational meeting worked rapidly and soon founded the non-profit organization WomanHaven, Inc.

We have since changed our name and now operate as The Center for Family Solutions.

Our mission is to promote and provide a comprehensive response to domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking through Community Outreach & Education, Prevention, Intervention, Client Support Services; and Safety and Shelter Services.

To implement domestic violence, stalking and human trafficking best practices and model programs which incorporate state mandates for effective and efficient quality service in increasing awareness and decreasing the episodes of domestic violence in the communities of Imperial County, California.

Our vision is to provide shelter, safety, services and security for victims of domestic violence and their children, to educate the community about this problem, and to work to prevent violence with the ultimate goal of eliminating it from our communities.

The Center for Family Solutions, a private non-profit organization, began in 1977 as an organization to provide shelter for woman and children who were victims of domestic violence. Through the years a variety of programs have been added to serve victims and the community.

Safety for the women, children and men who are victims of domestic violence is the most basic concern of our organization, and we have the WomanHaven Emergency shelters available for those women and children who need it(and we can place men in a men’s shelter). Once in shelter a woman and her children are afforded a wide range of services, including counseling, advocacy, educational classes, court accompaniment, legal services, support groups, peer counseling, clothing and complete case management.

The Center for Family Solutions opened six transitional shelters in 1977, where women and their children who have been in the emergency shelter may live for up two years while they complete an academia goal or work training program designed to help them become economically independent.

This program is design to work with client’s children whom receive services from our agency. This program offers support groups, anger management, self-esteem, art and crafts, etc.

In 1986 when domestic violence became a crime in California all the services provided for men, women and children except shelter became available at the Center against Domestic Violence. These include clothing, household establishment assistance, counseling, educational services, children’s program, referrals to social services, peer counseling, support services and aftercare programs.

In collaboration with Campesinos Unidos, the Center for Family Solutions has undertaken a Project to assist campesinas who are victims of domestic violence. Often the campesinas have unique problems because they are unable to read or write in any language, and they feel helpless in the face of complex legal and/or administrative papers they do not understand. Often they need assistance with immigration services as well. The collaborative will be able to provide assistance in this and related areas.

The Center for Family Solutions holds regular support groups in English and Spanish for women in Calexico and El Centro. Aftercare support services such as clothing is also available on an ongoing basis.

Most women who seek Shelter do so because they are in battering relationships have a very basic few resources, and a little or no job experience. With children to care for, they do not have many options. In 1977 the Center for family Solutions established an Educational Services Program for our clients. The classes offered are computer skills, personal enrichment, driver education, and referrals are made to english classes. The classes are designed to lay the groundwork on which to build skills, which will lead to greater independence and improved job prospects.

Our Resource Center is filled with books, articles, and tapes concerning family and relationship violence and related issues. The center is open to the community, and we are especially pleased to welcome students from the Valley communities. Violence in relationships often begins when couples first start dating, and can include verbal and physical abuse and stalking. The Resource Center affords community adults and youth an opportunity to become knowledgeable about issues of teen, family, and relationship violence.

Anger management groups are classes offered in English and Spanish for men and women who are batters of their partners, of their children, or recognize their unhealthy reactions to anger and seek to improve their communication skills. The curriculum challenges the beliefs of those who use violence to control others, and creates a process in which dialogue provides an opportunity through lectures, classes, videos, rope-plays, exercises and group discussions for men and women to think critically and reflectively about their use of violence in relationships.

This program is aimed at the youth in Imperial County, to teach them anger management, communication, respect and conflict resolution skills, and it has been delivered to Imperial County schools and other sites offering youth activities.

Main goal of the program is to focus on educating young women on different aspects of life. Topics such as: anger management, furthering their education, healthy relationships, dating violence, self-esteem, communication skills and sex education to name some.

The Thrift Store provides free essential services to victims of family violence and other needy people in the community through the donations we receive from people in several Imperial Valley communities. The store provides low prices to the community.