New fund-raiser coming for Box Elder shelter

Friday , June 20, 2014 - 5:45 PM

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The entrance to the New Hope Crisis Center, Brigham City's battered women's shelter, where staff...

BRIGHAM CITY — The New Hope Crisis Center, Box Elder’s battered women’s shelter, is trying a new approach to fund-raising.

It mirrors traditional formats seen on TV campaigns, resembling the NPR/KUED-style announcements of “$300 gets you the CD and the tote bag, $200 just the CD.”

But for New Hope the pitch is meant to be more direct: $300 gets one mother and child in the shelter for a month, $200 pays utilities for five shelter rooms for a month.

“This is brand new,” New Hope director Penny Evans said of the spin they’re calling Give Local. “We are just starting on it and more will be coming on our website and our Facebook page.”

The center’s needs are not huge, but constant.

“We’re just trying to keep the electricity on,” Evans said. “It’s amazing how busy we are. We’re 24/7, 365 days a year. Even over the holidays we house people in shelter. We have had only two nights so far this year where we didn’t have someone in shelter.”

Previewing the Give Local campaign:

What your tax deductible gifts and donations to New Hope can provide:

-- $500 pays the rent for one mother in transitional (non-shelter) housing.

-- $300 houses one adult or child for 30 days in shelter.

-- $200 covers electricity and water costs for five shelter rooms for 30 days.

-- $100 funds one month of domestic violence support group counseling and children’s group counseling.

-- $60 provides a one-hour crisis counseling session for a victim.

-- $50 feeds a family of four for one week in shelter.

-- $25 assists a victim’s medical co-payment after an assault.

-- $10 buys cleaning supplies for families staying in the shelter.

-- $5 supplies bus tokens for families who lack transportation.

The shelter at 435 E. 7th South in this city of 18,000 is meant to serve the whole county of 50,000.

It features five rooms with a capacity of 11 beds, plus several cribs and toddler beds. The average stay of victims is two months. Staffers note that regionally, the battered women’s shelter in Logan, the shelter serving Weber County and New Hope all help each other in providing residence for victims from other counties when shelters become crowded or a client needs to leave the area.

Providing services around the clock, last year New Hope staff members responded to 2,707 crisis calls throughout the county, the center’s records show.

The shelter accounted for a total of 694 bed days. Which equates to 481 women, 117 children and 33 males impacted by domestic violence, child abuse, dating violence, stalking and other types of abuse.

The non-profit agency also staffs a 24-hour crisis hotline: (435) 723-5600 or (877) 723-5600.

Plus free legal advice on Free Legal Night the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Evans said the local Bar has been tremendous, sending a different lawyer each month, sometimes two.

“Our services are all free,” reads New Hope’s web site, newhopecrisiscenter.org. “Many families come to New Hope Crisis Center with only the clothes on their back. Your generous gift can help these families get their lives back.”

For volunteer opportunities, including community service hours, Eagle Scout projects, and to make donations contact Michael at (435) 723-5600 ext 105.

Contact reporter Tim Gurrister at 801-625-4238, tgurrister@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @tgurrister

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