New Angel’s Watch Shelter opens for troubled residents, single families
In an effort to provide a safe haven and an independent life for single families fleeing from domestic violence, chronic homelessness or substance abuse, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington opened its new Angel’s Watch Shelter on Oct. 10 in Charles County, featuring more amenities and improved access to vital services and community support within the tri-county area.
The new facility, which increases the shelter’s capacity by 50 percent to accommodate larger families, includes a community room, dining room, computer room, library, fitness room and a special playground provided by supporters of Catholic Charities. The shelter is also now in close proximity to basic services, provided through Charles County, such as the sheriff’s and fire department, medical and dental services, social service agencies as well as public transportation, according to a Catholic Charities press release.
After more than a year of planning, Catholic Charities D.C. President & CEO Monsignor John Enzler said the organization is proud to open the new facility as it will be a blessing for the Southern Maryland community.
“Angel’s Watch has been a beacon of hope for strong, resilient women and their children,” Enzler said. “With this new building, we can help and protect more families than ever, empowering them to pursue independent lives free from abuse.”
For nearly 30 years, the Angel’s Watch Shelter has been a source of safety and new beginnings for women and their children fleeing domestic violence and/or homelessness in Southern Maryland. The shelter allows women to bring all of their children with them, including males up to 17 years old.
Residents work one-onone with specially-trained staff and case managers who help guide them to an independent life. In addition, residents will still have access to a full range of social services onsite at the Angel’s Watch Shelter, through Catholic Charities and other community partners, to assist them on their path to self-sufficiency, the press release also noted.
“Our beautiful new Angel’s Watch [Shelter] reflects the hope and opportunities ahead of the children and families who walk through the door in the midst of a life crisis,” said Amanda Chesney, executive director of homeless and housing services for Catholic Charities. “We aim to empower each one to seize their short stay with us to address their barriers to housing, and set them on a path to thrive in their community. With this larger site, we get to serve many more families for years to come. Current staff and program participants are so excited to move in.”
The location of the county’s new Angel’s Watch Shelter remains undisclosed to protect the identities of families. For more information, go to www. catholiccharitiesdc.org.