TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- David Mundell has lived on 17th and Wabash in Terre Haute for six months. He says he hasn't really noticed anything off about the neighborhood.
"We weren't told anything about it. We just noticed seeing people going in and out of there every once in a while. It just looks mainly like a big house," said Mundell.
Mundell is talking about the house located at 26 South 17th street. For years it has looked like a regular duplex but this location has been serving as the Council On Domestic Abuse's emergency shelter for abused victims.
“I think it's a good thing. People need to help out with each other especially when it comes to that kind of situation where they are being abused or neglected," said Mundell.
The shelters location has been private until now when they voted to make it public to the community. Sarah Campbell is the Executive Director of CODA in Terre Haute. Campbell says it’s a facility many don’t know exist for abused victims.
"It’s important we provide this service because we're the only place in 5 counties that people can go to get the services we have to offer," said Campbell.
CODA of Terre Haute decided to join more than half of the shelters across the state to go public. So far this year the shelter has housed more than 32 people compared to 2016.
CODA hopes this change will better reach out to those in need as well as continue helping those who have already used their services.
"We are willing to let past residents come back and talk to case managers again,” said Campbell. “We're willing to help them continue coming to support groups."
If you are seeking help or would like to learn more about CODA please go to their website or call their emergency hotline at (812)232-1736.