Spring Cleaning Donation Blitz!

Donations to the HER Shelter like clothing, toys, small household goods etc are so important to our organization.  Your donations do a couple of important things,

  • When a family comes into shelter with almost nothing, they can "shop" through the donations to get things to meet their immediate needs.
  • When a familly is ready to move into their own apartment, they can once again " shop" to get the things they need to set up housekeeping. 
  • Your donations also help us apply for certain grants that provide matching funds so your donation does double duty, it provides much needed items to our clients as well as funds to operate the shelter.

If you have items you have collected since we have been unable to accept them, please join us for the HER Shelter Spring Cleaning Donation Blitz

  • During the week of June 22-27, bring your items to Central Baptist Church.  We will have volunteers who will help unload your car and  issue a tax receipt.
  • Shelter and community clients will "shop" and pick out everything they need to meet their current and future needs.
  • The Shelter will save items that we believe will be usefull for incoming clients
  • Everything else, we will sell at a yardsale on Saturday, June 27th to raise much needed funds for the HER Shelter.

If you have any questions or need help with a pick up, please call our office at 757-485-1445 or send us an email here

We Are on the Front Line, Please Help!

The HER Shelter needs your help!  We are in unprecedented times.  The Coronavirus has changed how we must serve our clients and how quickly our clients can find sustainable employment and housing.  We are having most meetings with clients via phone.  We have worked with our clients to understand proper cleaning and sanitizing their living space.  We are expecting our clients to stay in shelter longer because it will be harder to find a job and affordable housing.  We are anticipating we made need to place some clients in hotels and that is VERY EXPENSIVE.  Regardless of how we serve our clients, the cold reality is that domestic violence does not decrease but increases during times like this. 

The stress from the uncertainty of loss of income, food scarcity, and illness leads to incidents of domestic violence especially for families who are living in tumultuous situations.  Abusers have more access to their victims because everyone is home together.  We are currently not able to accept donations that offset some of our expenses.  Add all of that to the fact that we had to cancel our largest fundraiser, the 2020 Gala, we, the HER Shelter is in of help.  We NEED your help!  Please consider making a donation.  Even a small donation combined with other small donations really adds up!  Women and children who are fleeing domestic violence in our community rely solely on the HER Shelter.  We want to ensure we have resources during this difficult time.  If you are able to help, please click the "Make A Donation" button and give as you are able.  Thank you for making a difference!  Together, we can save lives everyday.

Corona Virus Update

The H.E.R Shelter is considered an essential service to our community.  As such, we remain open.  While we are open, we have adjusted how we deliver services during this time of social distancing. 

  • Our hotline is functioning 24/7 to help those experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, or human trafficking
  • The beds in our shelter will be reserved for those in imminent danger.
  • We will meet with in shelter clients as well as community clients via phone meetings as much as possible.
  • Transportation services will be modified for non-essential travel. 
  • Our children's team will be developing packages of activities for children who are not currently in school.

If you are in need of assistance with finding childcare:

Childcare Away toll-free Parent Referral line- 1-866-KIDS-TLC or email ksharal@va.childcareaware.org and one of their Referral specialists will assist parents in locating alternative child care options

If you are in need of other non-medical services during the pandemic, the United Way of South Hampton Roads has set up a Coronavirus Hotline at 757-858-7777.  Additional resources can also be found at www.unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus/

  • We Now Can Accept your Vehicle Donation!!

Thanks to our partnership with Vehicles for Charity, we are able to accept your car, boat, or RV as a donation to the H.E.R Shelter.  Click here for more information.

Help us further our mission!

Thank you for choosing to support the H.E.R Shelter.  While much of our programming is supported through a variety of grants, many innovative projects and niceties of life are not.  We work tirelessly to provide safety, advocacy, leadership, sustainability, and support for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, stalking and homelessness.  Thanks to the support of our community we are able to provide the best possible services to the women and children who are in our shelter.  The H.E.R. Shelter is a registered non-profit organization so your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

If you would like to make a credit card donation just click on the button below.  If you would like to donate via check please send your donation to H.E.R Shelter

PO Box 2187, Portsmouth VA 23702.

We also accept in-kind donations of household goods, clothes, cleaning products, paper products etc.  We do have limited space to store donations so please contact Summer to confirm we are able to accept your donation.

Thank you for supporting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault,  stalking and human trafficking.  Together we can make a real difference in the lives of others.


The H.E.R. Shelter is a private, non-profit agency, certified by the United Way of South Hampton Roads, and the statewide coalition: Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA). We participate in the Coordinated Crisis Response, a 24-hour emergency hotline where a trained advocate can assist individuals in need of information, referrals, or - when appropriate - can provide safe, emergency housing for a woman and her children. The H.E.R Shelter currently operates three shelter facilities in the cities of Portsmouth and Chesapeake, Virginia.