BBB Charity Review for
Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter

A BBB Accredited Charity since 10/19/2010


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Business Address: 1627 23rd Avenue
Meridian, MS 39302

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Original Business Start Date: 11/17/1987
Local Business Start Date: 11/17/1987
Type of Entity: Charity/NonProfit
Incorporated: 1987 in MS
Phone Number:
(601) 482-8719
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Evaluation Conclusions

This organization has been evaluated in relation to the 20 Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability. This organization meets all those standards.


The mission of Care Lodge is "Consistent with our belief in the value, worth and dignity of each person, Care Lodge seeks to eliminate domestic violence by providing victims, offenders and the community with appropriate, effective programs and services.  Care Lodge continues to advocate for an environment free from domestic violence.

Care Lodge is on a Mission 

They have served the area since 1981 

They are the only certified domestic violence shelter in Highway Patrol District VI 

They have highly trained profesionals to address the needs of victims

Care Lodge is available to domestic violence victims and their children 

They offer a variety of services including counseling and shelter, all free of charge

Care Lodge provides these services to empower victims and to break the cycle of violence

"Peace Begins at Home"


Crisis Line

601.693.HOPE or 1.888.593.HOPE operated by fully trained staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. If you or someone you know is in need, call today! Collect calls are also accepted. Individuals calling the crisis line will receive immediate assistance and essential referrals. Calls are completely confidential.


Any victim of domestic violence in need of a safe place can contact the shelter through the crisis
line and receive immediate assistance. The shelter is staffed by a Shelter Director, Professional Counselor, Children's Specialist, Residential Coordinator, Victim's Advocate and Residential Aides. They have a capacity of 40 persons and in an emergency can provide shelter for up to 50 persons. Information regarding crisis calls and the shelter programs are kept confidential & private for the safety of the clients. They offer  services to non-shelter clients as well.

Care Lodge Services Include...

Crisis Line, Case Management, Victims Advocacy, Children's Program, Education, Counseling, Info & Referrals, Family Violence Intervention Program, and Anger Intervention Management Program

Counseling Services

Care Lodge offers counseling and case management which enhances the recovery process and enables healing. Victims receive non-judgmental and professional assistance to prepare for the future by meeting their individual needs. We provide therapeutic & educational sessions for individuals and groups.

Children's Program

The goal of the Children's Program is to provide specialized services to end the cycle of violence, promote self-esteem, and provide assistance for a non-violent, peaceful environment. There are activities for pre-school children, an after school tutorial for school children, and a full time summer program.


Care Lodge is deeply rooted in the community. Our organization can make referrals for individualized services and assistance to other community service agencies.

Victim's Advocacy

Care Lodge recognizes the need for assistance and encouragement during the time of a crisis. The shelter offers advocacy to the victim by providing essential services and support. The advocacy includes accompanying the victim to appointments, court appearances, assisting with domestic violence protective orders, and providing a role of support during the recovery process.

Intervention Programs

FVIP: Family Violence Intervention Program

Care Lodge offers a comprehensive, educational Family Violence Intervention Program (FVIP) to provide an opportunity for change for men and women who batter. Although there is a small fee for the program, victim prevention is most effective by stopping the cycle of abuser violence.

AIM: Anger Intervention Management

Care Lodge offers a short-term educational program designed to address the personal and interpersonal effects of anger. The Anger Intervention Management Program (AIM) is designed to teach participants the importance of managing their own feelings through awareness and practicing anger management productively.

TAP:  Transitional Assistance Program

Care Lodge implemented a Transitional Assistance Program in October 11, 2011 which addresses the lack of adequate transitional housing for victims of domestic violence in east central Mississippi.  The program provides financial assistance, individualized and holistic services and advocacy to victims as they consider what options are available and appropriate for them.  The goal of this program is to eventually move victims into permanent housing within a safe and violence free environment.  Client autonomy and confidentiality are essential to this transitional housing program.


Board Size:15
Paid Staff:29

Fundraising Methods

Care Lodge relies on grants, United Way and the generousity of the community to provide for the needs of the clients - victims of domestic abuse and their families.  All donations to Care Lodge are tax deductable.

Financial Summary

According to the Audited Financials for the Fiscal Year ended 6/30/2011:

Total Income $687,862.00
Total Expenses $619,952.00
Gain/Loss for the Year $67,910.00

Expense Breakdown
Item Amount % of Expenses
Programs $578,061.00 93.24%
Fund Raising $0.00 0.00%
Administrative $41,891.00 6.76%
Miscellaneous $0.00 0.00%

Income Breakdown
Item Amount % of Income
Contributions $570,397.00 82.92%
Program Service Revenue $69,655.00 10.13%
Special Events $4,158.00 0.60%
Interest $734.00 0.11%
Other Investments $42,622.00 6.20%
Other $296.00 0.04%

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Additional Information

Service Area

Since 1981, Care Lodge has touched thousands of lives in the community. In fact, we provide services for almost 500 shelter and non-shelter clients each year. In addition to this 9 county service area, Care Lodge also benefits communities of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.











Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter adheres to a strict policy of confidentiality. We are committed to those individuals and families in need of help.

Care Lodge employees and volunteers regard all information obtained about individual clients whether in a written, verbal, or observed manner as confidential.

The shelter strives to protect all victims of domestic violence, and we will ensure the safety and privacy of any victim who seeks assistance or advocacy from the shelter or related services.

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Customer Complaint History

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BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

Government Action(s)

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BBB has no information regarding government actions at this time.

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Report as of: 12/22/2014
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