Since 2005, the Domestic Abuse Resource Center has offered a food and supply pantry to better serve domestic violence survivors. Economic stability is one of the many important needs a survivor encounters. Items such as gas cards, grocery cards, and basic everyday supplies are an ongoing need for clients in the Resource Center.
The increasing cost of groceries and needed supplies is another hurdle survivors have to overcome. Thanks to the generosity of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville for their donation of the spaces for offices and the supply pantry, Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center advocates are able to provide survivors with needed supplies. The supply pantry consists of non-perishable food items and costly supplies including diapers, laundry detergent, personal hygiene items, paper products, and cleaning supplies. Items are either donated by community-organized donation drives or donors throughout the year.
Donations of this kind are greatly appreciated, not only from Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center advocates who work with clients but especially for the domestic violence survivors we serve. Survivors can always use help with specific needs like groceries and gas, but with rising costs, this kind of assistance is needed now more than ever.
Trained domestic abuse advocates are available for free at the 24/7 resource line; 800-383-2988 or HelpingServices.org/CHAT.