In 1978, Northland Crisis Nursery opened its doors for the first time with five beds for children under the age of four. At the same time, the Women’s Resource Center became a non-profit organization. These two organizations are the roots of Northland Family Help Center.
Through the 80s, each agency provided many services to northern Arizona. From the Women’s Resource Center’s passion to end domestic violence to Northland Crisis Nursery developing the “Time-Out” program, their strengths and ideas gave life to Northland Family.
In 1991, the two became one central organization…one strong, sheltering tree. Then in 1999, with the help of Arizona citizens, Northland Family Help Center opened what was named at the time “H.A.L.O. House” (Haven for Advocacy and Learning Opportunities), a unique facility housing our two separate shelters for women and children, with a total of 36 beds. As one central agency the staff and board carried on the passion and ideas of the organization to help families and individuals with relationship violence.
Northland Family Help Center has continued to grow and evolve over the years. We currently have 40 beds in our Domestic Violence Shelter and Youth Shelter combined. Our Domestic Violence Shelter serves individuals and families of all genders. We strive to practice Trauma-Informed Care across all aspects of our agency’s work. Our Counseling, Legal Advocacy, and Community Education programs all serve residents in both shelters, in addition to the larger Northern Arizona community. In 2017, Northland began housing the local collaborative Flagstaff Initiative Against Trafficking (FIAT), in order to intervene in human trafficking and exploitation. Northland Family Help Center celebrates 40 years of service in 2018.