WISE provides the following free and confidential services to clients:

Big Rapids shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault

24-Hour Emergency Shelter

WISE has an emergency shelter located in Big Rapids. Our shelter has 19 beds, and is open to single women and women with children who are fleeing domestic violence or sexual abuse.

To begin your shelter assessment, call our 24-hour crisis line at (231) 796-6600 or toll-free at 1-800-374-WISE (9473).

Call a WISE advocate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (231) 796-6600 or 1-800-374-WISE.

24-Hour Hotline

Advocates are available 24/7 to speak with survivors of domestic or sexual violence. Call 1-800-374-WISE.

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Advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to speak with survivors of domestic or sexual violence on the phone. Call 1-800-374-WISE or (231) 796-6600.

Calling the crisis line is the first step to getting services from WISE, whether that means connecting with an advocate for outreach services or coming into our emergency shelter.

The advocate on the phone will ask you questions about yourself and the situation that led you to call the hotline. Be honest and know that you have the support of the person taking your call. Our staff is here to help you and your family stay safe.

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Advocacy Services

WISE’s Outreach Program is designed to serve clients who do not need emergency shelter. Outreach services are available to both men and women.

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WISE’s Outreach Program is designed to serve clients who do not need emergency shelter. Outreach services are available to both men and women. Depending on a client’s need, they may be connected with an outreach advocate, legal advocate or sexual assault outreach advocate.

Outreach advocates are available to assist with divorce and custody matters, housing needs, and individual support.

Legal advocates are available to accompany clients to court or police interviews, and to assist clients in filing personal protection orders or police reports. However, our legal advocates CANNOT provide free legal representation. If you are in need of free representation, we can connect you to West Michigan Legal Aid for an assessment.

Sexual assault advocates offers the same support as the legal and outreach advocates, but they are also available for medical advocacy and support during sexual assault forensic exams.

WISE advocates are not attorneys and cannot represent clients in court. However, advocates can work alongside attorneys to support clients through any legal process, and can help clients find legal representation if they need it.

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Classes

Throughout the year, WISE advocates lead classes for clients in Mecosta, Osceola and Newaygo counties. Class topics include pattern changing, parenting and general group support.

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Throughout the year, WISE advocates lead classes for clients in Mecosta, Osceola and Newaygo counties. Class topics include pattern changing, parenting and general group support.

Pattern Changing

Pattern Changing is a 14-week group course led by a WISE advocate in each of the three counties served by WISE. Pattern Changing is designed for survivors of domestic violence who are not currently in crisis. The curriculum is survivor-centered, and focuses on the power survivors possess to change the course of their lives. This focus is essential in helping survivors to build the energy and motivation they need to break out from negative patterns and relationships.

Advocates schedule Pattern Changing courses throughout the year. To enroll in a group, call the hotline at (231) 796-6600, and press 0 to speak to an advocate.

ACT Raising Safe Kids program

The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program, developed by the American Psychological Association’s Violence Prevention Office, teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 8. This class is offered in 6- or 8-week sessions in a group led by a WISE advocate. ACT groups are offered in all three counties served by WISE.

To enroll in an ACT group, call the hotline at (231) 796-6600, and press 0 to speak to an advocate.

Alternatives to Violence (ATV): Batterer Intervention

WISE contracts with facilitators to run Alternatives to Violence. The curriculum provides a 26-session program for male participants interested in ending all forms of abuse to their families while providing them with the tools needed to change abusive behavior.

Classes are held in Newaygo, Mecosta and Osceola Counties. To register for classes in Mecosta and Osceola counties, call (231) 796-6600 ext. 121. In Newaygo County, call Angie at (989) 944-5735.

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Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Response Team

WISE and our community partners operate the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Response Team to serve survivors in all Mecosta, Osceola and Newaygo counties.

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WISE and our community partners operate the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Response Team to serve survivors in all Mecosta, Osceola and Newaygo counties.

Community partners — law enforcement officers, 911 dispatch operators, court officials, hospital staff, and social service employees — can call WISE’s crisis line to report an incident of domestic or sexual violence. WISE will then reach out to the survivor to assess their need for services.

Through this response team, WISE is also available to visit survivors in the hospital to advocate on their behalf or to provide emotional support.

To learn more about the task force and join our quarterly meetings, join our mailing list. In Newaygo County, email your information to newaygolegaladvocate@wiseagainstviolence.org. In Mecosta and Osceola counties, email molegaladvocate@wiseagainstviolence.org.

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Big Rapids resale shop

Fabulous Finds Resale Shoppe

Our Big Rapids resale shop, Fabulous Finds, offers affordable clothing and household items to clients and the public. All proceeds support WISE services. Donations are accepted at the store during business hours. To learn more about Fabulous Finds, visit fabfindsbr.com.