Esperanza Shelter and Changing Woman Initiative have come together to fulfill an unmet medical need for survivors of violence living at the Esperanza Shelter. In order to protect their confidentiality and safety, residents in the shelter must abandon their current health insurance and/or no longer seek services with providers of which their offender knows the location of the offices. Esperanza Shelter is a domestic abuse agency that has both residential and non-residential services. Esperanza primarily serves the city of Santa Fe, all of Santa Fe County, the Eight Northern Pueblo and Cochiti, San Felipe and Santa Domingo Pueblos. More than 90% of Esperanza’s clients live at or below the poverty line. Many are underserved because of a lack of resources. Most of Esperanza’s clients are women and children, however, Esperanza also serves men and members of the LGBTQ community.
Changing Woman Initiative volunteer health professionals will provide on-site care twice a month and will work along-side traditional medicine healers.