Monarch Services emergency shelter, the Mariposa House, has been providing shelter to women and children who are Survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking since 1977. Survivors seeking safety shelter will be referred for a shelter screening after their initial crisis intervention contact. The confidential location affords families a safe, nurturing, supportive environment where healing and self-empowerment can begin.
The Mariposa House offers on site: counseling, support groups, parent education, health education, legal advocacy, goal planning, children’s services and help accessing appropriate community resources.
Staff is well versed in community referrals including housing, government assistance, court/legal programs, employment, and other shelter programs. Additionally, we now offer a therapeutic art group for children at the shelter. A leader was trained in the A Window between Worlds program in Venice Beach and all of the shelter children are welcome to attend weekly. Survivors may also attend a weekly support group at the shelter or at Monarch Services offices.
Before coming into shelter survivors are asked to review and sign the Rights and Responsibilities which guides the Mariposa House Program. Our staff is trained in trauma and the program is conducted in a trauma informed approach, respecting the great diversity and trauma history of our Survivors. We do not mandate our survivors to utilize our services, yet provide them to decide what will be helpful for them.
Each family has their own room with shared bathrooms, kitchen, and communal living space. The yard is large with a beautiful play structure, garden and plenty of room for biking, playing, and recuperating. Clothing, toiletries, food and a laundry facility is provided.
The stay at the Mariposa House is free yet participants are required to share daily living chores and work for seven hours weekly, according to their own schedule, to maintain the shelter as a healthy, beautiful living environment. Bilingual staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.