BY TOM BUSSELBERG
KAYSVILLE – Donate up to $5,000 to the Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter and your generosity will be matched, through Aug. 15.
The “Match Squared” campaign is a new effort this year initiated by a former shelter client who wishes to remain anonymous, said Kay Card, center executive director.
“For whatever reason, people in the summer are caught up in holidays and vacations,” she said. “The shelter suffers from a real lack of donations in the summer.”
That’s even as the shelter tends to be busier than ever, filled to capacity with women and children, Card said.
In 2012, 625 women and children were housed in the shelter during the year. Nearly 7,700 shelter nights were provided Рabout 10 percent higher than has been the case previously, she said.
Women and children are often staying in the shelter longer. That’s because affordable housing and jobs are getting harder to find and taking longer, Card said.
The shelter also provides supportive services to nearly 1,500 women and children in the community. A volunteer crisis team also responds with law enforcement during emergency situations.
In Utah, one out of three adult homicides are domestic violence related. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women.
All services are offered free of charge and client information is kept confidential. The center is operated as a nonprofit and donations are tax deductible.
“The shelter helps not only the women here now but for generations that come,” she said. “Domestic violence is so generational. Problems get visited upon the children. A lot of our effort is to help strengthen the children as well.”
In addition to monetary gifts, the shelter is in need of supplies, called a “Wish List” on its website, womensdvshelter.org/wishlist.
Among items in short supply and needed are: flip flops and summer sandals, file folders, store gift cards, three-drawer plastic dressers, cleaning supplies, gas cards, toddler summer clothing especially T-shirts and shorts, women’s jeans and shorts, and women’s pajama pants.
For more information, call 801-444-3191. In an emergency the 24-hour crisis line can be reached at 801-444-9161.
• In 2012, the domestic violence shelter housed 625 women and children for a total of nearly 7.700 shelter nights.
• The shelter also provides services to nearly 1,500 women and children in the community.
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