MARY’S HOUSE OF HOPE TO BE COMPLETED in Spring 2020
January 20, 2020
COMTREA is taking the next step to end domestic violence in the area by building affordable, safe housing for survivors.
“We’ve been providing safe shelter in the community for over 32 years at A Safe Place domestic violence shelter,” said Kim Elbl, Vice President of Fundraising and Development at COMTREA.
Last year, A Safe Place received 866 hotline calls, offered 4,127 nights of safety to survivors, and educated 1,079 individuals on awareness and prevention.
“We have launched a capital campaign to raise funds to build Mary’s House of Hope at A Safe Place transitional housing,” explained Elbl. “We have raised $1.5 million, and construction has begun on the first house. We are still looking for community partners and donations, and will be launching a program to provide the opportunity for the community to adopt a family for a year.
Each complex will offer four separate apartments for survivors and their families. The entire project will include three complexes with twelve apartments.
The estimated timeline to complete the first house is the end of March, but furnishings are still needed for the interior. Several hundred thousand dollars will need to be raised to complete the second house.
“Support the cause by attending events,” said Kellie Bell, Marketing and Fundraising Assistant at COMTREA. “There is something for everyone: trivia, bingo, galas, a fashion show, and our new pickle ball tournament. It’s a great way to socialize, get out with friends, and take home prizes while supporting a worthwhile cause.” Check out our website for what is coming up.
Mardi Gras, an annual gala event, is the earliest upcoming fundraiser to support ending domestic violence.
“Mardi Gras supports the day-to-day services at A Safe Place since all services are free of charge to residents at the shelter,” said Elbl. “We always have wonderful auction items, food, and music at the event. By changing the Mardi Gras theme every year, it keeps it fresh and interesting while giving us room for creativity with décor and games. This year is Carnival De Paris themed, with a new venue, a professional photo booth, carnival games, and an Eiffel Tower cake. We are very excited about the very popular mystery auction. The vendors and entertainment are always great, which causes guests to come back,” explained Elbl.
Bell explained that the event has been successful over the years because of many caring supporters who diligently sponsor the event. Elbl and Bell invite those who have never attended Mardi Gras to join them at this year’s event at the Corpus Christi Center in Imperial. The public may support the cause by bidding or purchasing auction items during the event with their mobile device. A link to bid on items will be posted on Facebook.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call A Safe Place at 636-232-2301 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.