BETHS Place closes doors

Tuscola’s only domestic violence shelter BETHS Place has announced it is in the process of closing its doors.

“With a heavy heart, we must announce the closure of BETHS Place effective (March 23),” a Facebook post from the facility said Tuesday, March 6. “This decision was made by the Illinois Department of Human Services.”

A representative from the IDHS said BETHS Place staff informed her office in January that the facility would be closing, and there was no staff at the facility to continue providing service.

“A review of services provided by BETHS Place showed that it provided no shelter services for women between July and December 2018 and only provided walk-in services for nine women in that same period,” the IDHS said. “After identifying that there were alternative resources in the community for domestic violence services and that there were currently no women residing at BETHS Place, IDHS notified the organization that we will be terminating the contract effective March 23, 2018.”

The IDHS office says representatives contacted all neighboring community providers to ensure any woman who had previously received services from BETHS Place would receive continued services at other providers.

Victims can always call the Domestic Violence Helpline at 877-863-6338 (1-877-TO-End DV) to be linked to available services.

The BETHS Place post listed HOPE in Charleston (888-345-3990), DOVE in Decatur (217-423-2238), and the Center for Women in Transition (A Woman’s Place in Urbana) (888-384-4390) for resources in surrounding counties.

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