I (Kathleen Davis, Domestic Abuse Resource Center Director) wanted to provide you with a quick update of the Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) as we start the month of February. We continue to be busy working with clients in Allamakee, Bremer, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard, and Winneshiek counties so I wanted to share a few highlights with you!

First, one of the advocates shared with me a recent success story. Upon meeting her client, our advocate went over a variety of options. Ultimately our advocate was able to help the client and two children move into a safer place. During this process Helping Services was able to provide the client’s first month rent, perishable groceries, supplies, and additional one-on-one support the client requested. This demonstrates the important role that donations provide so that our advocates can best serve victims of domestic abuse.

Second, the Christmas Giving Project was larger than ever! As a result we were able to provide gifts to 41 parents and 72 of their children. The gifts ranged from clothing and toys to a brand new bed for a client who moved into a new home. This continues to be an important aspect of our work and we hear from our clients how important this is during their transition into a safe environment for them and their children. We are looking for a volunteer to help manage the Christmas Giving Project. If you have interest in helping with the success of this project, please contact me at kdavis@helpingservices.org or 563-380-7859.

Lastly, we will soon have an open position in the DARC. If you are interested or know anyone we should touch base with, please give me a call and I would be happy to talk about the position.

To end the update, I want to say thank you to all of our donors, volunteers, and advocates that support the work of the DARC. Our important work could not be done without you!

Thank you,

Kathleen Davis

P.S. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to read the recent blog from Brittany McIntyre on volunteer opportunities with the DARC.  

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