On any given day, Friendship Home, the only shelter service in Lincoln specifically for abuse victims, has about seventy victims in emergency and temporary units. The trouble is... there are about forty-five more, that they know of, who need help.
Lestie Todd says a woman came to her with her seven month old son and was looking to find help from an abusive relationship. Todd says she was suggested as someone who might help, she's helped abuse victims from her own home before.
Todd turned to Friendship Home for help, but was told there was about a six to eight week waiting list for emergency housing.
Lauren Peterson of Friendship Home says they do have a wait list, but do their best to accommodate women who are in need of a place to stay. They will direct them to a homeless shelter, often People's City Mission, and keep in touch with the victim to help further with their situation before a spot open up at Friendship Home.
Pastor Tom of People's City Missions says the majority of their women are domestic abuse victims and, considering the circumstances, are happy to have a place to stay.
But Todd says that's unacceptable. Stating that these women are not homeless, but victims of abuse. As such, they deserve to have a place dedicated to the position they are in.
Ideally Petereson says Friendship Home would have double the fifty emergency beds they have now, but too much of their funding goes to helping the women they have now and to the upkeep of the shelters that they have.
The only real solution would be an increase in budget and that comes from either more donations or from a bigger grant from the city.
Both Friendship Home and People City Mission emphasized that if it were an emergency at any time of day, they would not turn anyone away, or at least work to find another short term option to get them started on the path to recovery.