This morning we heard the call from County Judge Glen Whitley, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams to stay at home, and we were in discussion with Tarrant County officials prior to the announcement to decide what measures we would take if a shelter in place order was made.
We are taking the mandatory 6-foot distancing order very seriously in both of our Tarrant County shelters, ensuring our clients are as safe and as healthy as possible while in our care. After carefully ensuring all of our families are safe and abiding by the distancing ordinance, we have determined that our shelters are at full capacity at this time. Both of our shelters have communal restrooms and dining facilities, but we are taking the highest responsibility in keeping these areas as clean as possible for families currently residing with us. In extremely dire circumstances, we have the ability to problem solve on a case by case basis via our hotline.
Once again, we are open. We are continuing to serve clients currently residing in shelter and transitional housing as well as those participating in other nonresidential services. Most importantly, our 24-7 emergency hotline continues to be operational, and there are several interventions and resources SafeHaven can provide telephonically. If you are in need of services associated with domestic violence, please call the hotline anytime at 877-701-7233. Let us be clear, the hotline is not a substitute for 9-1-1. If you are in imminent danger, please call 9-1-1.
The staff at SafeHaven continues to be concerned about domestic violence victims in Tarrant County and the dramatic effects a global pandemic will make in their lives. Please look out for your friends and family members in isolation, and remember domestic violence victims during this time. Along with many other organizations in our community, we are feeling the pressures of this unprecedented and evolving situation. Please stay plugged in to our social media and website for additional updates.