New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers, a shelter for individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence, was organized in 1978 through the cooperative efforts of an informal group of citizens in the La Crosse area who recognized the need for services to victims of domestic abuse. A temporary emergency shelter was established, existing through the cooperation of several community agencies, until the shelter could be housed in a building purchased for that purpose by La Crosse County with block grant funds.
By 1987, the demands for services outgrew the La Crosse County building, and New Horizons was able to purchase its own shelter facility, using monies raised in a community capital campaign drive.
“New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Centers provide safety and services to adults and families who have experienced domestic and sexual abuse so that they can make decisions about their lives in a supportive, nonjudgmental and empowering atmosphere. We promote the concepts of non-violence and equality through intervention, prevention and education. ”