Foundation gives $70,000 to shelter |

Foundation gives $70,000 to shelter

by Christina Nelson

The Family Support Council of Douglas County needs to raise $300,000 in two years to establish a domestic violence shelter. With recent donations, the council is well on its way.

“We’re raising money to acquire a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children,” said Karen Edwards, executive director of the Family Support Council.

At present the organization has raised $85,000 to put toward the shelter. That includes a $70,000 grant from the E.L. Cord Foundation in Reno.

The Family Support Council wrote a grant to the foundation outlining the plans of the shelter, said Edwards.

“We typically look for something that will make an impact on the community,” said Chris Brady of the E.L. Cord Foundation.

A $5,000 anonymous donation from the community was also received recently, said Edwards.

The two donations follow a $10,000 donation by the Soroptimist International of the Carson Valley.

The Family Support Council meets with about 25 to 30 new domestic violence victims in a three-month period.

“(The shelter) would be a safe place for a woman in a violent environment,” said Barbara Ancina, a domestic violence coordinator for the Family Support Council.

She also said that without the shelter, the organization has to send women to Carson City or Lake Tahoe. Having a shelter in Douglas County would let the victim keep a job in the Valley and a “support system” of family and friends, said Ancina.

Also, a Douglas County shelter would make the transition to the shelter easier for the victim.

“It’s not an easy thing for a woman to do,” said Ancina.

The shelter would also offer domestic violence education, parenting and life skills classes.

The Family Support Council is still looking for donations from the community to build the shelter. For information, call 782-8692.

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