Charity spotlight: Freedom’s Rest Family Violence Center

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The darkest hours of a person’s life makes it hard to see the sunlight. In the cases of domestic violence, even more so.

Fortunately, help exists in the Freedoms Rest Family Violence Center, a not-for-profit corporation that provides shelter and case management services to battered women and children. It opened in 1996 and, over the past 13 years, the organization has protected the lives of thousands of women and children through their shelter and outreach services.

Thus, the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper is proud to partner with the Freedoms Rest Family Violence Center. The tournament, part of the PGA Tour’s annual Web.com Tour stop in Springfield, has gifted almost $14 million to children’s charities in its 27-year history.

About Freedoms Rest Family Violence Center

The mission of the center says it all: “to provide shelter and advocacy for survivors and their children experiencing domestic violence and to provide education to break the cycle of violence.”

In 1996, a group of concerned citizens came together to discuss a growing community epidemic—domestic violence.  From this town hall meeting, the Christian County Family Crisis Task Force was developed. Freedoms Rest Family Violence Center covers the counties of:  Barry, Christian, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Lawrence, Ozark, Polk, Stone, Taney and Webster.

Over the past 20 years, the grassroot, all-volunteer organization has grown into a vibrant agency governed by a board of directors with staff and volunteers to assist with service delivery.

In the late 1990s, the Task Force began accepting crisis intervention phone calls providing referral services, victim advocacy and support. The organization also initiated a community education/awareness campaign.

In 2003, the organization accepted the donation of a facility to provide shelter. The shelter is a former motel and each of the 17 units provides private living quarters with restroom/bathing facilities. Each unit has a minimum of four person capacity.  The shelter has office space which consists of two rooms.

The staff operates out of one room and meets privately with clients in the second room. The facility has a commercial kitchen where meals are prepared by the clients. The kitchen was built with a grant from the Mary Kay Foundation.

The facility also has a classroom where volunteers teach financial management, parenting skills and so forth. Finally, the facility offers a community room where clients can socialize, plus a playground, serenity garden and barbecue area.

About 10 years ago, the organization opened Neat Repeats Thrift Store in Ozark to help fund the shelter operation. The thrift store is operated by a manager and volunteers.

During 2008, the organization expanded its case management services by hiring its first part-time shelter advocate. In 2010, the shelter advocate became a full-time position.

Today the shelter has four full-time and two part-time staff managing services to victims.

Contributions to the organization help provide emergency shelter, food, clothing and everyday necessities. It also helps fund the staff providing crisis intervention and case management services to all victims and covers the crisis line 24/7. Volunteers assist with support groups, transportation, social activities, facility maintenance and office duties.

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HELP THE FREEDOM’S REST FAMILY VIOLENCE CENTER: To assist the non-profit in any way, call 417-582-0344 or email info@freedomsrest.org. Your may also learn more about the shelter by visiting www.freedomsrest.org

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