The Marjaree Mason Center operates three shelters in Fresno County. These shelters house women and children victims of domestic violence.
At all Marjaree Mason Center shelters, families get their own rooms so they are not split up. Families are welcome to bring items to make themselves feel more at home, such as personal linens, pillows, and toys. All three shelters feature large communal kitchens and play areas for children, and each shelter has an agreement with nearby schools so children can attend class. The center also offers referrals to nearby daycare facilities.
For victims in need of emergency shelter, 24-hour intake is available. Just call 233-HELP.
The first of the Marjaree Mason Center shelters, the Emergency Shelter is confidentially located in the City of Fresno. This 21,380-square-foot facility has 93 beds in 40 rooms and is staffed 24-hours a day for client assistance.
Emergency Shelter Services:
- Case Management – clients meet with case managers who help them set and achieve goals, as well as access social and victim services. Case managers also offer peer counseling, and help clients develop a safety plan.
- Education – For shelter clients, MMC offers life-skills, parenting, as well as the Expressions Through Art group. Children can also take part in an art group, and can participate in daily activities hosted by staff in the Enrichment Center.
- Children's Enrichment Center – A place where children can learn, grow and play, the Enrichment Center contains, books, puzzles, games, and fun activities for children of all ages. And adjacent to the Enrichment Center, children can take advantage of a large outdoor play area. Childcare assistance is provided by foster grandparents and skilled family support specialists.
Also confidentially located in Fresno, the 23-bed Homeward Bound transitional shelter helps victims prepare to lead an independent life. Most Homeward Bound residents move from the Emergency Shelter into the transitional facility. Homeward Bound clients still take part in case management, and can still take advantage of Marjaree Mason Center educational opportunities and other services.
Confidentially located in Reedley, this 18-bed facility offers both transitional and emergency shelter.
Reedley House Services:
- Case Management – case managers at Reedley House specialize in helping clients in the rural area of east Fresno County.
- Client Garden – Clients are welcome to take part in growing fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers in the Reedley House Garden. The typical harvest includes onions, cilantro, tomatoes, and pumpkins.
- Group Therapy – Marjaree Mason Center therapists conduct group and individual therapy at Reedley House. Clients discuss domestic violence issues and work through their problems with the rest of the group.