October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Harbor House Sets Date for Candlelight Vigil

Ask any little girl what her two favorite colors are, and she’s likely to say pink and purple.  Ironically, the same two colors signify two of her worst nightmares as she grows older:  breast cancer and domestic violence.  October is Awareness Month for both the deadly disease and the devastating, violent crime.  It is also a time to celebrate the amazing survivors of both.

 

Harbor House Domestic Violence Center in Stone County is set to host a special event in recognition of battered women and their children.  “A Candlelight Vigil:  Remembering the Victims of Domestic Violence,” will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Kimberling City.  The program will include prayer for the victims of domestic violence, words from survivors and a special candle lighting ceremony.  The public is invited to attend.

 

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), one in every three women has been a victim of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within her lifetime, and one in every four has been a victim of severe physical violence.  Created in 1985 as a victim services program of Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake, Harbor House Domestic Violence Center has protected thousands of women from across the country.

 

Please join the movement to end violence against women.  If you or a loved one are a victim of domestic violence, please call the Harbor House Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.877.507.7233.

Domestic Violence Center Sets Out on its Own

Harbor House Domestic Violence Center, Stone County’s only shelter for battered women and their children, is setting out on its own, with 32 years of experience as its guide.  Having been under the direction of Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake since 1985, the domestic violence center has filed an application with the Internal Revenue Service to become a stand-alone 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  “Harbor

House has done a phenomenal job of protecting women and children from the transgressions of domestic violence,” says Larry Leek, Christian Associates CEO.  “We are confident our knowledgeable, compassionate staff is more than ready to leave the nest.”

 

Christian Associates started its victim services program after seeing a rise in domestic violence in the mid-80s.  For many years, hotel rooms and apartments donated by area businesses were used to house women and children who had been victimized.  In January 2008, Christian Associates relocated its program to the shores of Table Rock Lake, where residents were safely housed in condominiums.  Harbor House residents enjoyed renewed strength and newfound hope for a life free from violence in their new, serene environment.  In June 2015, Christian Associates established a permanent home for Harbor House Domestic Violence Center, convenient to the organization’s supporting offices.

 

As its own entity, Harbor House will continue to provide a safe environment for the women and children of Stone County, as well as those from across the country.  “Domestic violence is present in every community,” says Vicki Trump, Executive Director of Harbor House.  “Why limit our services to one county when we can help thousands more women and children who need us.”

 

With processing underway at the Federal level, Harbor House held its first Board Meeting on Wednesday, August 2.  New Board members include Angie Langston, Michelle Rippee, Chairman, Janet Beeler, Reina Daleske, and Dr. Debra Williams.  “We are so pleased to have such a wonderful Board,” says Trump.  “These ladies are all outstanding members of our community and will be a valuable asset to Harbor House.  We look forward to their input as we embark on our new journey.”

 

Harbor House Domestic Violence Center is monitored 24 hours a day, by a comprehensive security system and staff members who work around the clock to provide assistance and support.  Women in abusive relationships are encouraged to call the Center’s 24-hour hotline, at 1.877.507.7233.

Vino Cellars Raises Money for Harbor House

Harbor House Domestic Violence Center, Stone County’s only shelter for battered women and their children, has received a generous donation from Vino Cellars at the Lake. Vino Cellars owners Matt and Steph Bekebrede, of Kimberling City, Missouri, chose Harbor House as the recipient of their annual fundraising event.

 

Bacchus Summer Fest, a wine-tasting celebration designed to help local charities, raised in excess of $650 for the Domestic Violence Center.  More than 50 guests enjoyed a sample of 25 different wines.  Many traveled from Springfield, Missouri, and beyond to show their support of Harbor House.  Each guest received a complimentary Riedel wine glass.

 

“We are very grateful for the kindness our community has shown,” says Vicki Trump, the Domestic Violence Center’s Executive Director.  “Generous gifts, such as the one from Vino Cellars, allow us to make an even greater difference in the lives of the abused.”

 

Harbor House Domestic Violence Center was created in 1985 when Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake, the program’s founder, recognized a rise in domestic violence and a need for victim services.  “Domestic violence is a crime,” says Trump.  “We encourage every woman who feels she is in danger to call our 24-hour hotline at 1.877. 507.7233.”  Harbor House provided refuge for nearly 200 women and children last year alone.

Eagles Auxiliary Gives to Harbor House

Harbor House Domestic Violence Center is the recipient of a generous gift from the Fraternal Order of Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 4278, Cape Fair, Missouri.  Vicki Trump, Executive Director of Stone County’s only shelter for battered women, accepted a $900 check from the Auxiliary on June 26.

 

The Cape Fair Eagles are longtime supporters of Harbor House.  “A shelter is something that is much needed in the community,” says Auxiliary President Linda Clark.  “If people stop to think about it, they know at least one person in a domestic violence situation.  We are pleased to support such an important cause.”

Bacchus Summer Fest Wine-Tasting Tickets Go on Sale

Tickets are now available for Bacchus Summer Fest, a wine-tasting summer celebration hosted by Vino Cellars at the Lake Wine Shop & Lounge, near Kimberling City, Missouri.  The second annual event is scheduled for Saturday, June 24, from noon to 2 p.m.  Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased at vcellars.com, under Table Rock Lake/Lake Online Store.  Guests will receive a complimentary Riedel wine glass the day of the event, along with a taste of more than 25 fabulous wines.

 

Bacchus Summer Fest was designed in 2016 by Vino Cellars owners Matt and Steph Bekebrede, as a fundraiser for local charities.  The couple also owns a wine shop & lounge in Springfield, Missouri, but calls the Table Rock Lake area home.  “We wanted to give back to our community,” say Matt and Steph.  Following their first successful benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks, the Bekebredes decided to make their summer wine-tasting festival an annual event.

 

This year, a portion of all Bacchus Summer Fest ticket sales, plus 10% of all in-store sales, will go to Harbor House Domestic Violence Center, a program offered through Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake.  “There is an ongoing need for items not covered by funds we already receive,” says Vicki Trump, Executive Director of the local domestic violence shelter.  “Vino Cellars’ generous gift will help with gas cards, prescriptions and hygiene products for our guests.”  Harbor House provided refuge for nearly 200 women and children last year alone.

 

Bacchus Summer Fest tickets can also be purchased the day of the event.  The cost is $20 at the door.  Vino Cellars at the Lake Wine Shop & Lounge is located at 15038 Business Highway 13, in the Stoneridge Business District between Branson West and Kimberling City.