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A new Safehouse

Dear Editor:

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). It is a time for many of us to reflect upon the friends and family members who are struggling or have struggled with abusive relationships in their lives. One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime so it does effect all of us in one way or another.

During 2007, the Advocate Safehouse Project worked with 547 survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence. We also provided 48 families with 51 children 1,435 nights of shelter in our Safehouse.

For the past several months our Safehouse has been closed for some major renovations, and it will reopen in October. A small group of wonderful women from the Church at Carbondale are hosting a housewarming shower for the Safehouse on Friday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Gathering Center at the Church at Carbondale. I would like to invite everyone to attend.

Household items are needed to welcome the different families who will be staying in our newly renovated Safehouse. We have registered at Target, Cook a’ la Carte and the Basalt Kitchen Store to make things easier for you. This is a wonderful DVAM event to participate in for our entire community because you never know when someone you care about is in need of the Safehouse.

Our newly renovated Safehouse is so welcoming, and we know that it will help in healing the families we serve. There are so many things about this valley that are wonderful; however, being in an abusive relationship is not one of them.

If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship, give us a call. If you are in an abusive relationship, give us a call. If you don’t know if your relationship is abusive, but feel uncomfortable in it, give us a call.

Julie Olson

executive director

Advocate Safehouse Project

Glenwood Springs

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