Camping fundraiser aids new women’s shelter

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Group says need is high in Shelby County

By Cameron Koch

ANADV camping fundraiser

WHEN:July 13-14

WHERE:Red Orchard Park, 704 Kentucky Street, Shelbyville

WHY:To raise money for the non-profit group ACT Now Against Domestic Violence (ANADV)

COST:$75 for a family, $55 for couples, and $45 for singles

WHAT TO BRING:Camping equipment, outdoor games. Food will be available for sale on site

A new women’s shelter is underway for the Shelbyville area and to raise money for the project the directors are asking folks to sleep outside.

ACT Now Against Domestic Violence (ANADV), a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding victims and survivors of domestic violence, is hosting a camping fundraiser from noon to noon on July 13-14 at Red Orchard Park in Shelbyville. Sales from ticket prices will be going toward the purchase of a site for a local domestic violence shelter that will serve Shelby County and the surrounding area.

More than 2,345 women and 1,865 children were residents of domestic violence shelters in Kentucky in 2012, according to data from the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association.

And ANADV spokesperson Antoinette Taylor said Shelby County has a bigger need for the shelter than some might think.

“At the Shelby County Courthouse there is a domestic violence docket, a very lengthy docket, weekly,” she said. “For some of those cases individuals seek emergency protective orders and really need to get out of their house…for all these years most of these residents in this area, Shelby County and the surrounding counties, have had no place to go to seek emergency shelter in an emergency situation like domestic violence or family violence.”

Which is why ANADV has created this fundraiser.

Tickets for the camping event are $75 for a family of any size, $55 for couples, and $45 for singles. Food will be on sale at the event and campers are encouraged to bring their own camping gear in addition to outdoor games and activities. All the money raised will go towards the creation of the ANADV shelter.

The group will also seek Federal and state grants to help fund the shelter, and is accepting donations of all shapes and sizes from those who can’t or chose not to attend the camping fundraiser but still wish to donate to the cause.

Taylor said the foundation hasn’t set a monetary goal for the fundraiser, but is just seeking to raise as much as possible. ANADV also isn’t ready to announce the cost or location of the shelter at this time, as negotiations for the property were still underway.

Once created, Taylor said, the shelter will provide a number of resources to local women in need.

ANADV will provide psychotherapy counseling, career development, and emergency and transitional housing for both women and their children. The group will also conduct outreach programs for women without housing. Taylor said the center is being planned and developed with the purpose of keeping women safe but at the same time not completely disconnecting them from those they love.

The center will be open to friends and families of women affected by violence at home to help transition them into a better life.

“For the past several years we’ve been hearing from people and talking to people face to face and learning of the need,” Taylor said. “A place for people who have been victims or survivors of domestic violence, [a place] they can go and still feel safe while continue working at their jobs and their children staying in the Shelby County school system, not uprooting their whole family out of state 50 or 100 miles away.”