For years, CADA of Mankato has given those fearing for their lives a safe place to stay.

And one state program has helped maintain that safety and privacy for those who need it.

Transitional Support Advocate at CADA Kristen Walters said, "Safe at Home is great because it sets people up with a confidential P.O. Box address that is completely separate from their physical address so let's say I'm a participant in Safe at Home, no one could ever know my physical address until I tell them."

Tuesday, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon made a stop at CADA to gain feedback on his Safe at Home program from CADA staff.

The program helps survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to maintain a confidential address.

Simon said, "Bottom line is we want to provide an umbrella of protection and security and a piece of mind for victims of domestic violence and one key step in doing that is making sure they have anonymity and confidentiality as to where they really live so they can start their lives over or live the kind of life they want to live and their children to live."

The statewide Safe at Home program has already enrolled over 5,000 people since it began in 2007. And CADA says the program has already helped many survivors in the Mankato area.

Walters said, "A lot of people get their physical address found out through the internet or utility bill and someone finds them so this keeps people from having to constantly be on the run and gives people a more stable life."

And Simon hopes the feedback will spark improvement in a program that's already making an impact on thousands.

Simon said, "It's about making sure people across the state get input and a real chance to shape the program and make it better."

-- KEYC News 12.