Southwest Safehouse

serving survivors of domestic violence

Call the 24/7 Crisis Line at 970-259-5443 to speak an advocate now

The Volunteers of America Southwest Safehouse serves adult and children survivors of any gender and is a safe space for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. These individuals and families are survivors of domestic violence and other violent crimes. Administering essential services in Durango and the surrounding area since 1985, the Southwest Safehouse provides over 5,000 nights of safe shelter to over 200 individuals each year. The Southwest Safehouse provides a safe refuge for those who have no safe home, and provides the tools and support needed to recover from trauma and start a new life.


  • 24-hour telephone crisis intervention
  • 24/7/365 residential domestic violence shelter services with 24-hour intake
  • Provision of all basic needs: nutritious meals, shower and laundry facilities, clothing closet and personal hygiene supplies
  • Extensive resource referral and task-oriented counseling
  • Specialized children’s services
  • Life skills training
  • Employment services
  • Educational modules on parenting


  • Call 24/7 crisis line at 970-259-5443 and speak to a Safehouse Advocate
  • Safehouse guests must be 18 years or older and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Our sincerest thanks to the City of Durango for continuing to support the Durango Community Shelter and Southwest Safehouse through their Community Support funding! These funds are not only critical to keeping the shelter programs operational but also acknowledge how essential these services are to City of Durango residents. Thank you for continuing to invest in VOAC!

  • 4,500

    nights of safe shelter at the Southwest Safehouse each year