Long Term Housing and Care for Survivors of Violence
Making a choice between spending another day in a place where you and your children may or may not get hurt again. Or, taking your chance on the streets – homeless.
"Jenny" came to us a year ago, with nowhere else to turn. Battered and broken, she was seeking escape, with her young children, from an abusive husband who was threatening to kill them.
“I had to choose between either homelessness -- or going back to him. And, if I went back, there would be Hell to pay. That's when I walked into this little furniture store.”
“I was nervously looking around, not even sure why I had walked in when Debra pulled me aside.”
Debra asked, “Are you okay?”
“That's when I lost it. I told her about me and my kids -- that we had been living in a U-Haul and were scared. She gave me a hug and then took me and the kids to her office.”
“For me... This was a miracle. I didn't think we would survive.”
Now, Jenny is living on her own, has a job, and is finishing a two-year degree so that she can fully support herself and her children. Jenny is empowered to make good decisions and provide for her family.
There are so many out there like Jenny. But, we need to have a place for them to live.
It's a Problem
Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families in the United States. Our state has a great need for long-term housing and yet, so few of them exist.
For the people we sponsor, a temporary shelter is not enough. They need long-term support and care in order to make life-long changes and build a solid, healthy future.
"I'm getting 2-3 calls a day from girls like Jenny that are homeless. It's sad, but we have no where else to put them. We need to get this housing project off the ground."
- Debra Barkett
The Path to Home
Our Solution for the Domestic Violence Housing Crisis
We found the perfect property.
A Future Place to Call "Home"
Location in a peaceful environment.
Ready to begin taking in residents right away. It needs very little to get going and house up to 40 people.
A Private drive and acres of land naturally restrict access.
Fully Functional It has a functioning security system, plumbing, utilities, commercial kitchen, commercial laundering facility, and a guard house.
Room to Grow It has more than enough land to build additional housing.
On-Property Help It has a detached house for a host family to live in and provide assistance.
Self-sustaining It has space for a workshop to build and repair furniture to sell in the thrift store.
Long-term Solutions for Survivors:
A safe place to live
Classes for emotional healing and spiritual growth
Life skills and relationship education
Career training/ job placement
Support and care for child survivors
Resolution to medical and legal issues
Assist survivors with any other obstacles which prevent a healthy future
Making it Work Together
You Are the Difference
Give Hope. Give Help.
We're doing everything we can to make hope a reality for survivors. But, we can't do it without your help.
Yes, the people that can write a check and fund the whole project are out there (and we're asking). But, they need to see that our community has the support to sustain it.
Join our foundation with your most generous monthly gift and help us break the cycle.