Members of Altrusa International of Warsaw recognized the need for a shelter to
help the abused in the early 1980s after members learned co-workers were being abused. They worked long
hours compiling a needs assessment.
In the meantime, a law was passed in Indianapolis allowing police to arrest
a person who was obviously the abuser without the woman having to file charges. Prior to the passing of the law, a woman
had to file charges against the abuser or the officer would not arrest him. Many times a woman would not file charges
The Beaman Home opened on July 1, 1985, and the first client was college-educated
wtih a degree in social work. She was being abused by her husband. She learned of the opening of The Beaman Home
by reading about it in the Warsaw Times-Union. Our Emergency Shelter has not been empty since.
The home was named after a nurse who worked at a nursing home she helped
start with Hazel Bradbury. Mrs. Beaman was very compassionate toward people who were abused and nearly homeless and
often took them into her own home. Hazel's daughter, Charlene Bradbury, donated the house and the first beds for The
Beaman Home. The first six weeks the director worked for free and Altrusa Club members took turns working at The Beaman
Twenty-seven years later, the Kosciusko County Shelter for Abuse, Inc. operates
The Beaman Home Shelter and its outreach programs. It supports community families in growth toward full wellness potential
in all aspects of their life...physical, emotional, intellectual, occupational, social and spiritual. Services
are provided to residents of Kosciusko, Fulton and Marshall Counties in Indiana.
Our Emergency Shelter is now nearly 100 years old and we have outgrown the original site.
Our Board has purchased an existing vacant building on North Parker Street in Warsaw. It will be renovated and a two-story
addition added to triple our client space and allow our three sites in Warsaw to be combined into one facility saving time
and money. If you can help with our Capital Campaign, please phone us at 877-725-9363. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
More information about our Campaign appears under "News & Events" on this site.