Who We Are

Sylvia’s Place is Allegan County’s only domestic violence safe house. We offer secure shelter and supportive services free of charge to survivors of abuse and their dependent children. With the support of private community donors in addition to local, state and federal funding we have provided over 56,732 safe bednights to women and children fleeing domestic abuse. We are honored to serve those that make the life changing decision to flee an abusive relationship and are here to provide the resources to empower victims to achieve survivor status.

Sylvia's Place is a supporting agency that believes in the inherent value of every human being. We offer residential services to those seeking a safe place to stay and non-residential services to those that have obtained secure housing away from the abuser. How can we help you? If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic violence please don't wait...call today.

Our Mission

Our mission is to create and to sustain a safe environment that empowers women and children through preventative education and advocacy, which promotes stronger individuals, families, and communities.

Our History

Sylvia’s Place has assisted survivors of domestic abuse since 1996, following the violent death of Sylvia Allen. Sylvia lost her battle with domestic violence and fell victim to the hands of her perpetrator. Her death proposed the realization that an escape for those fleeing abuse was necessary. Our agency is dedicated to the memory of Sylvia Allen (Click here to read her story) and exists to provide a safe environment for women and children fleeing similar circumstances.

Our Success Stories

Get Involved

Monetary Donations

Sylvia's Place offers our services free of charge. We depend on grants and your community support to offer services and provide a safe place for those fleeing domestic abuse.

Click here to make a donation.

Item Donations

It is our goal that when one of our families resides in shelter or moves into independent living they have access to basic needs for a fresh start on a lifestyle free from violence.

Click here to view our wishlist.


Being a home environment, there are many opportunities at Sylvia's Place for those willing to be a part of helping our women and children gain back their confidence and independence.

Click here to volunteer.

Our Services

  • Residential Services

    • Safe Shelter
    • 24 Hour Crisis Line
    • Safety Planning
    • Food, Clothing, Hygiene Products
    • Strength Based Case Management
    • Individual & Family Counseling
    • Housing Referrals
    • Employment Search
  • Non-Residential Services

    • Legal Advocacy
    • Personal Protection Orders
    • Court Accompaniment
    • Housing Referrals
    • Crime Victims Compensation
    • Domestic Violence Education
    • Counseling
    • Victim Support

News, Updates, and Information

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Community Resources

Contact Us

We would be delighted to speak to your organization to explain our services and how we can work together to make a difference. We can present educational opportunities for the community and private organizations and individuals about domestic violence. We are also ready and willing to speak to you with any questions you may have. If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic violence please do not hesitate to contact us for any reason...we are here to help!