DOMESTIC / SEXUAL ASSAULT OUTREACH CENTER
DSAOC is a crisis based shelter that offers a host of assistance to victims and their children fleeing domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, stalking and violent crimes. DSAOC shelter services are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Services within the shelter are all free of charge, confidential and supports the survivor's ability to once again control their own life.
HISTORY OF D/SAOC
The Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center (DSAOC) was formed when two previously separate programs were merged in July of 1992. The merger of the Family Violence Center of North Central Iowa and Rape/Sexual Assault Victim Advocates enabled the agencies to coordinate and combine services. This was one of the first comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault programs in the state.
Today, DSAOC is a Crisis Based Shelter program serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, stalking and violent crimes. All services are free and confidential. DSAOC provides 24 hour 7 day a week services. Services include, but are not limited to: a crisis/toll free hotline, counseling, court advocacy, safety planning, case management, basic needs, support groups, activities and housing opportunities. DSAOC also has a Homicide/Other Violent Crimes Program. This program supports families and friends of victims of homicide and violent crimes.
HISTORY OF HOVC
The Homicide/Other Violent Crimes Program was originated by Leonard Fuller in the late 1990's. Survivors were embraced with compassion and dignity to help guide them through their healing journey. A Homicide Survivors Support Group was formed and available to those that have lost someone to homicide. The HOVC Program went from serving survivors in 8 counties to serving 15 counties in 2013. Outreach offices were established in Fort Dodge and Waterloo.
HISTORY OF THE KEY ON CENTRAL
DSAOC has always been the recipient of many generous donations from the community that believes and supports the work done by the agency. The donations were always very much needed; however, due to spacing issues, finding a place to store the donations was difficult. In late 2007, a proposal was made to establish a resale store in the downtown Fort Dodge area. DSAOC wanted to be good stewards of the donations received and felt that the agency needed to find a better way to make sure the donations were utilized in a manner that was intended. A resale store would not only provide items to DSAOC clients, it would also be a business open to the community.
Today, The Key On Central Resale Store is open 5 days a week. It is managed by one full-time staffed employee and many volunteers. The store is open to the public and offers affordable prices for everyday needed items.