Mariposa Center For Safety

We offer a supportive network of individuals and resources that are trusted, tested, and proven to positively assist those looking to break the cycle of abuse.

About The Mariposa Center for Safety

Organization News

Key People

Executive Team:

S. Nicole Ferguson, PhD

S. Nicole Ferguson, PhD

Executive Director

Nicole Pacheco

Programs Director/Deputy ED

Brenda Broyles – Development and Operations Director

Brenda Broyles

Development and Operations Director

Supervisory Team:

Rachel Adams

Teresa’s Place Supervisor

Dominic Johnson

Community Liaison/Trainer/Case Management Supervisor

Lisa Montoya

Operations/Volunteer Coordinator

2023-2024 Board Members

Executive Board

Ashley Swald

President

Pat Manzanares

Vice President

Amanda "Mandy" Davis

Treasurer

Jordan Everhart

Interim Secretary

S. Nicole Ferguson, PhD

Execuitve Director

Board of Directors

Tina Salas

Board Member

Amy Rose

Board Member

Justin Hiniker

Board Member

Sarah Bryant

Board member

Reid Weber

Board Member

Molly Garcia

Board Member

Tara Morrow

Board member

Kat Young

Board Member

Our History

The YWCA Pueblo first began to take shape in the minds of a small group of forward-thinking women on an autumn day in 1914.  Initially this group of women set up a home and cafeteria for women in the Kenwood Hotel on what is now 219 West 3rd Street.  The hotel served as “a home away from home” for women who came to Pueblo in search of work or a place to live while their husbands served our country during World War I.  On June 3, 1921, a devastating flood swept through Pueblo destroying much of downtown, including the Kenwood Hotel and a year later the YWCA acquired our current building located at the corner of 8th and Santa Fe. In 1978, the YWCA Pueblo followed the lead of many of the YWCAs in the United States and converted from a home for women to a Domestic Violence Crisis Shelter. 

In August of 2021 the board of directors of the YWCA of Pueblo made the decision to voluntarily leave the national affiliation of the YWCA so that the organization could focus on local needs with a local mission.  The board begin to work with founders and supporters to discuss the change and in March of 2023 the organization officially changed their name to Mariposa Center for Safety. 

Presently Mariposa Center for Safety continues to operate a 25-bed shelter which was moved from its original location at 8th and Santa Fe in 2020 to an undisclosed location. Teresa’s Place is now open 7 days a week, a change that allows us to serve more families.  We have also sought collaborations with other community partners such as Health Solutions, the Pueblo Child Advocacy Center, Catholic Charities, ACOVA so that we can better serve our community and through these partnerships we are able to provide onsite therapy services, forensic interviewing, and warm handoffs between community partners.  We have also expanded the focus of who we serve to include men, victims of family violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.  

The purpose of the  Mariposa Center for Safety is to reduce the incidence of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and empower women and their families. The  Mariposa Center for Safety delivers intervention and prevention services through provision of safe, confidential shelter, case management, domestic violence education, court accompaniment, advocacy, and community referral.  The three predominate goals of the  Mariposa Center for Safety services are: (1) to operate a comprehensive domestic violence intervention and prevention program that protects the safety of those affected by domestic and sex violence and their children. (2) To raise awareness and educate the community about domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking and help minimize the incidence of such violence. (3) To enthusiastically, embrace human equality in all its programs, and promote diversity within the organization.