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History

LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence, formerly Phoenix House, began service to the central Ohio community in October 1977. It was one of the first programs in the state to address the needs of abused women and their children. Over the years, CHOICES has developed from a shelter facility into a multi-site, full service agency.

The first year CHOICES survived almost entirely through volunteers and donations. Volunteers staffed the shelter, monitored the crisis lines and spoke to various community groups about domestic violence. Contributions from the community supplied the shelter with food, clothes, linens and personal care items.

In 1979, CHOICES became a contract agency of the Franklin County Mental Health Board (now ADAMH), obtaining Title XX funds. In 1980, CHOICES became a member of the United Way of Franklin County. During the same year, the agency received a grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health to purchase and renovate a new facility. This facility would house administration, shelter services, and family services as well as provide shelter for 34 women and children.

CHOICES officially became part of the Lutheran Social Services (LSS) family on March 1, 2014.  Since that time, we have worked to strengthen the integral services CHOICES provides to our community, and create a shelter atmosphere that supports, empowers, and encourages domestic violence survivors and their families.

CHOICES is committed to excellence in serving domestic violence victims and survivors.

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio is a United Way agency, a member of Lutheran Services in America and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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