In an incredibly brief period of time, Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. of Pittsburg, Kansas, successfully surpassed its “Building New Opportunities” Campaign goal of $1,200,000 to raise funds to acquire a larger facility and increase its capacity to meet the needs of domestic violence victims in Southeast Kansas.Recognizing the clear “call to action”, the organization partnered with JB+A in conducting a Feasibility Study during the summer. The Safehouse Board of Directors then approved a four-month Campaign to begin immediately after Labor Day. The Campaign goal was surpassed within two months.
“Once again, the Pittsburg community responded beautifully in supporting this tremendously important need” said Susie Boldrini, Campaign Co-Chair. “Raising in excess of $1,200,000 in such a relatively brief period of time was a real testimony to the compassion that exists within our wonderfully caring community.” Fellow Co-Chair Jeannette Minnis further stated “We want to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who volunteered on this Campaign and for the kind generosity of so many friends and supporters of Safehouse.”
The Campaign for Safehouse responded to ever increasing need for services such as emergency shelter, transitional housing, transportation, childcare, counselling and legal representation. The new Safehouse shelter will be completely renovated with a target opening date in the late spring of 2016. The more modern facility will nearly double current capacity while at the same time expanding programs of support and counseling. The new facility will not only offer increased space, but its new and anonymous location will also greatly improve the safety and security of clients through the installation of a sophisticated security system.
“The new building will be more efficient to operate and maintain and very importantly, will be underpinned by the creation of a maintenance fund for those times when unforeseen emergencies arise” said the organization’s Executive Director, Rebecca Brubaker.
Safehouse Crisis Center, Inc. was founded in February 1979, with families in the Pittsburg, Kansas, community housing victims in their own homes. In 1981, it opened its first shelter and administrative offices in Pittsburg and a second shelter was opened in Coffeyville in 1995 in response to increased demand for services throughout Southeast Kansas. For the past 36 years Safehouse has striven to meet the needs of vulnerable families through shelter and outreach services. Today, Safehouse serves seven counties in Southeast Kansas: Crawford, Bourbon, Linn, Cherokee, Labette, Montgomery and Wilson.
Learn more at SafehouseCrisisCenter.org.