How we began: In 1977, Mary Baker and a group of local citizens concerned about the homeless population in the Porterville area originally formed the organization. Initially, our services met the community’s need by providing emergency shelter, food and clothing to homeless families in our rural community. We soon became aware that many of these homeless women and children were victims of domestic violence. Wanting to increase services to families suffering from domestic violence, we raised funds to purchase a three-bedroom home in the early to mid-1980’s that would be capable of housing up to 80 or more victims of domestic violence annually. Within months, the Board of Directors saw the need to renovate and expand to a larger facility to accommodate a growing number of those seeking help. Funding was sought to keep pace with the increasing demand for shelter services. Today we serve over 800 victims of domestic violence and homeless annually.