Who We Are

Branches of Monroe County was founded in 2009 by Executive Director, Denise Hill. With the help of many dedicated volunteers, Branches provides shelter to women and their dependent children fleeing domestic violence.

While in shelter, Branches works to break the cycle of violence by offering survivors case management, job search assistance, and life skills training which will give them the skills needed to live independently of their abuser. Once they are ready to move out of the shelter, Branches can provide additional support with affordable transitional housing for the women for up to 12 months if needed.

2015 Recipient of the 
Mary Kay Foundation Shelter Grant

Wish List for the
Branches Refuge
  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Q-tips
  • Hairspray
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Diapers, Diaper rash ointment, & baby powder
  • Lice kits
  • Over the counter medications for children & adults
  • Toilet paper & paper towels

  • Gift cards for perishable items like milk, eggs, cheese, produce, and meat
  • Non-perishable items like peanut butter & jelly, Kool-aid, sugar, coffee, boxed dinners, pasta, beans, and canned goods

  • Outdoor sports gear (footballs, basketballs, etc)
  • G rated, family friendly movies
  • New or gently used toys, i.e. game boards, family games, educational games


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P.A.W.S. Program
Pets Are Worth Saving

Nearly 75% of women report that they won't leave a violent situation because they don't want to leave behind a family pet.

Actress Ashley Judd, in honor of her husband, Dario Franchitti, has graciously contributed the cost of materials to build the Buttermilk & Shug's Kennel. This will be an on-site kennel which will make it possible for some pets to come to Branches Refuge with their family in the future.

We still need to furnish and supply the kennel. If you are interested in helping with the PAWS Program, you can donate funds for our kennel or items from our

    Wish List

  • Dog/Cat food
  • Collars, leashes, & harnesses
  • Potty pads & kitty litter
  • Toys
  • Pet beds & old blankets
  • Flea & Tick Medication

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