Artists portrayal of a woman seeking shelter from a storm inside a house

The house has everything an occupant could possibly need and more. Large, old windows on both stories provide plenty of natural light, and the brick exterior helps keep the indoors cool year-round. The kitchen boasts a commercial-sized refrigerator and stove, and there’s plenty of cabinet space for snacks. The bathroom is large and roomy — communal, if you will.

But the house also has a state-of-the art security system that includes screening entrants upon arrival, the inability to open windows due to a silent alarm, and an undisclosed address.

The house belongs to Family Services of Forsyth County and is the oldest — and first — battered women’s shelter in North Carolina.