A Humble Beginning
A shelter in Payson was a dream of Cheryl Gay and Terry Morris. With a small, three-bedroom house offered by the First Southern Baptist Church, and with the help of numerous volunteers, Cheryl and Terry opened Gila County’s first emergency shelter in 1993. Terry’s young son, Cable, is credited for suggesting the name: “…everyone needs time out once in awhile.”
Thus, the name Time Out came into being.
As the need for services increased, Time Out purchased a larger property in 1998; this serves as the present shelter. Time Out’s Thrift Shop opened in 1998 to provide additional operating support for the increasing number of Time Out programs. In 2000, Time Out added transitional housing services to its menu after purchasing two separate housing units. Today, we offer 28 emergency shelter beds and 10 transitional housing beds for women and their children. We also deliver advocacy for individuals and families, lay legal advocacy, life skills instruction, support groups, counseling specializing in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, children’s programs, education and employment assistance, community-based services for individuals not residing in our shelter, domestic violence awareness presentations, transportation assistance, and translation services for non-English speakers.
Over the course of over twenty-five years, Time Out has assisted over 6,285 domestic violence survivors and their children to improve their safety and well-being through our various programs. Our vision for the future is clear—to continue to grow and expand our services as long as there is a need. We fully acknowledge that our work cannot be done successfully in isolation. We rely heavily on partnerships cultivated with government, faith-based, community, education, and private sector organizations. Our partners’ involvement and support for our efforts allow Time Out to deliver a broad range of support, and enables participants in our programs to finally live free of violence.