User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


69° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Children's Inn Helping In Near Record Numbers

November 22, 2011, 5:57 PM by Kelly Bartnick

Children's Inn Helping In Near Record Numbers
SIOUX FALLS, SD - A Sioux Falls shelter is seeing more people walking through its doors.  After a near record fall, the Children's Inn will end 2011 with some of its highest numbers ever. 

"Domestic violence has always been there. Child abuse has always been there," Operations Director Amy Carter said. 

And for 35 years, the Children's Inn has been there. This year, more women are making a call to the center. Children's Inn numbers are trending up about four percent.

"When you have a normal capacity of 31 people that can be significant in the numbers we do see from day to day," Carter said. 

Carter said the numbers have leveled off in recent weeks, but the past few months were some of the busiest ever. The shelter was running at more than double capacity.

"We just get creative," Carter said. "We whip out mattresses, pack-n-plays with the little ones. We have family rooms we've used as bedrooms before. But our goal is to not turn anyone away if there is that need."

But it's not just the shelter numbers that are up at the Children's Inn.  All services are seeing an increased need this year. 

"We service primarily women and children feeling those abusive situations. We have children placed with us through our group home. And those people are removed from the home," Carter said.

Crisis calls are up three percent too. On average, women and children stay for about 12 days to a month, and the stays are also getting longer.

"When someone's in an abusive relationship and the economy is poor, they might be afraid to leave as well because they don't think they have a chance of making it on their own," Carter said. 

The added occupancy rates at the shelter also mean its budget is stretched. Carter said the organization has made cuts at the administrative level and is working to raise more money to off-set the costs.

Visit the KELOLAND.com Holiday Giving Guide for details on how you can help Children's Inn this holiday season.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Body Of Missing Realtor Found At Arrowhead Park

10/18/2014 3:22 PM

The body of a missing Sioux Falls realtor has been found.

Full Story
SFPD Search For Missing Realtor

10/18/2014 11:45 AM

The Sioux Falls Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman.

Full Story
UPDATE: Two People Dead In SF Crash

10/17/2014 9:52 PM

Two people are dead after a two vehicle crash on Friday night in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
Body Of Pam Kneip Found After Search

10/18/2014 10:00 PM

Hundreds of volunteers gathered by an entrance at Arrowhead Park Saturday as police conducted a search for a missing woman.  The friends, family ...

Full Story | Watch
Police Release Names In Deadly Sioux Falls Crash

10/18/2014 8:19 PM

Police say two Sioux Falls men died in a crash Friday evening in the western part of the city.

Full Story


Events