“I am a survivor of more than 30 years of trafficking. I’ve been from shelter to shelter, safe home to safe home, state to state. When I got to The Cocoon, I finally felt like I would be safe and ok. Their compassion and understanding goes beyond anything I could have ever imagined. The Cocoon has given me safety, peace of mind, and a sense of well-being. Please do what you can to support The Cocoon, and help others create their own stories of healing and survival.” – Chloe
Imagine giving your trust to someone who then uses it to force you into a life of physical, sexual, and emotional violence. More than 10 million people every year in the United States suffer domestic and sexual violence, including sex trafficking – people of all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and socio-economic classes. Right here in our community, 818 survivors suffering abuse reached out to The Cocoon for services for themselves and their children in 2021. And while this number is staggering, we know there are many more who are too scared or unable to reach out for help.
We work with survivors every day who are standing up and saying “no more!” despite the inherent risk to their safety. Survivors who no longer want their children to be afraid in their own homes. Survivors who have dreams and hopes for lives free from abuse, fear, and pain. Survivors who are just like you and me.
Since 2005, The Cocoon has provided a beacon of hope to survivors of domestic and sexual violence including sex trafficking, rape, harassment, and stalking. Whether someone is in need of emergency safe shelter or our community-based services, Cocoon advocates are available 24/7/365 to provide comprehensive and holistic support.
We are committed to providing all services at NO COST to survivors and their children, eliminating financial barriers to seeking safety, healing, and justice. And we need your support to continue this critical work.
Thanks to the immense generosity of an anonymous donor, contributions made to The Cocoon before December 31st will be matched to help us reach our year-end campaign goal of $20,000, doubling the impact we can have on the lives of those we serve every day. Please consider sending a personally meaningful gift by December 31st. Your tax-deductible, matched gift today will help us to keep our services available at no cost to survivors.
Thank you in advance for joining us in supporting survivors in our community.
Support The Cocoon’s Programs
The Cocoon exists to provide safety, healing and justice for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, their children, and all others affected by these abuses. We also provide educational outreach services throughout the community.
The Cocoon has served as a beacon of hope to survivors of domestic and sexual violence since 2005. With ongoing support from the community and friends like you, The Cocoon has evolved into Wood County’s only comprehensive and holistic domestic and sexual violence agency. More than 700 survivors of domestic and sexual violence, their children, and even family pets, seek support and refuge within our doors each year.
Whether a survivor needs help at 9am on a Tuesday or at 3am on Christmas Day, trained advocates are there to answer their call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year — always at no cost to the survivor. Your support ensures that these services remain available.
Learn more about our programs below and click the donate button to make a one-time or monthly recurring gift today. Every amount helps!
Safe Shelter Program
Safe housing options are essential for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The Cocoon provides emergency safe housing to more than 75 adults and children each year. Your support will help us continue to provide a safe haven for those fleeing abuse.
- Monthly program cost: $15,000
- One night of emergency shelter: $100
- Meal for a family in shelter: $10
Prevention and Education
Breaking the cycle of domestic and sexual violence is critical to reducing victimization and trauma in the community. Your support will help us work with community members of all ages to create change and stop domestic and sexual violence before it happens.
- Monthly program cost: $7,500
Crisis Support Services
Services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at NO COST to the survivor. Cocoon advocates respond to more than 6,000 calls annually from more than 600 survivors who need our help. Your support will ensure that survivors have access to services, support and safety planning at their most critical time of need.
- Monthly program cost: $5,000
- One week of 24/7 on-call crisis support: $525
Legal Access Program
Access to legal remedies allows survivors to achieve safety, stability and justice. Your support will help Cocoon provide court advocacy and linkages to attorneys for survivors needing to navigate criminal court cases, as well as divorce, custody and protection order hearings.
- Monthly program cost: $4,000
- One hour of legal representation: $75
We house more than 20 children in our emergency shelter each year and support more than 600 families in the community. Our children’s programs include on-site trauma counseling, kid and teen-friendly healing spaces, activities and peer support. Your support will help us reduce the effects of trauma on children who’ve been exposed to domestic or sexual violence.
- Monthly program cost: $3,000
- One hour of children’s counseling: $50
Safe Pets Program
Domestic violence, child abuse and animal abuse frequently occur simultaneously in a family. Your support will provide pet-friendly spaces, food and other necessities so that survivors won’t have to choose between fleeing abuse and the safety of their pets.
- Monthly program cost: $1,000
Economic Empowerment Program
Financial abuse is often the main reason domestic violence survivors stay with or return to an abusive partner. Your support will help The Cocoon provide survivors with the tools needed to create financial stability, including budgeting, credit repair, employment, and matched savings opportunities.
- Monthly program cost: $1,250
Cocoon advocates help coordinate more than 1,500 requests for transportation to medical, counseling, legal and child-related appointments each year. Your support will help ensure that survivors have access to methods of transportation that ensure their long-term stability and success.
- Monthly program cost: $500
- One week of transportation: $25