Next Month: Domestic Violence & Children’s Shelters Awareness Month
As we’re winding down our August charitable focus, we want to remind you what we’re dedicating our time and energy to next month: domestic violence and children’s shelters. Unfortunately, domestic violence continues to be a prevalent problem in our society, and its effect on women and children can be devastating.
Currently, more than 1,500 shelters across the United States assist victims of domestic violence every year. In addition to providing a safe haven for those who have nowhere else to turn, these shelters also offer community support, counseling, and the opportunity for domestic violence victims to get back on their feet financially by teaching business and interpersonal skills that can help them become more employable and more successful. Unfortunately, shelters must turn away thousands of requests for assistance due to lack of funding.
As an example of a domestic violence shelter we support, we want to introduce you to Laura’s House. Laura’s House is a shelter located in South Orange County, launched by a collective of women who formed the South Orange County Domestic Violence Action Committee with the dream of building a shelter for battered women in South Orange County. They built Laura’s House in honor of a woman who unfortunately died at 38 due to domestic violence. Since its inception 22 years ago, Laura’s House offers such domestic violence-related services as shelter and support to more than 4,000 abused women and children, along with counseling, life skills education and legal assistance to over 50,000 people. To date, CCF has pledged two grants to Laura’s House. Their effect on the community, and the victims of domestic violence, is so powerful – and we want to help them continue their mission.
We can help support the organizations that serve victims of domestic violence. If you volunteer for such an organization, or have suggestions on how we can lend a hand, contact us here at CCF. Together, we can make a difference!
Children are safe in the accommodations at Laura's House.
A playroom at Laura's House.