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Domestic violence shelter seeks help decorating added rooms

Jan. 11, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- Sponsors are being sought to provide sheets, pillows, pillow cases, bedspreads and night stands for 16 new bedrooms being built as part of a $1 million renovation and expansion at Safe Harbor's emergency shelter scheduled to open in about three months.

The domestic violence shelter will expand the number of beds from 40 to 60 when the project is completed, said Ann Perkins, Safe Harbor executive director. Each of the 16 bedrooms will have between three and six twin-size bunk beds.

"This is the first remodeling our shelter has ever had and it has been many years since a makeover," Perkins said. "We would be forever grateful if people would be interested in adopting rooms and making the shelter more like home for our families."

Lamps, towels, wall decorations/pictures and stackable plastic drawers also are needed, according to a news release.

Safe Harbor is the domestic violence shelter for Boyd, Carter, Lawrence, Greenup and Elliott counties. It opened 30 years ago. It has three levels of care for domestic violence victims and their families, including emergency shelter, transitional shelter and Harbor Hill, a permanent supportive housing complex.

The transitional shelter is being expanded and renovated as part of a $1 million project. Safe Harbor received a $750,000 grant through the Federal Home Loan Bank and raised $250,000 locally through special events such as the annual Lobster Fest and the 1,000 Women (and Men) Campaign, Perkins said.

The renovation project started last fall. An elevator and handicap accessibility is being added to the three-story emergency shelter, Perkins said.

Safe Harbor is located in the former state tuberculosis hospital complex off U.S. 60 in Ashland. The former nurses' dormitory serves as the emergency shelter. The former hospital has been converted into 34 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments for domestic violence victims.

In the past 30 years, Safe Harbor has helped more than 15,000 women, men and children.

Meanwhile, Saturday, Feb. 1, has been designnated as Shop and Share Day. The event is a one-day drive to gather goods and necessities for domestic violence shelters across Kentucky.

"Domestic violence crosses all spectrums, no matter your race, religion, economic or social standing," Kentucky's First Lady Jane Beshear said in a prepared release. "In America, one-third of women report abuse in their lifetime and many of those women turn to shelters to escape the violence and rebuild their lives. Shop and Share is a simple way for Kentuckians to support domestic violence shelters and help victims and their families."

The Krogers in Ashland and Russell, Ky., and the Food City store in Louisa, Ky., are participating in the drive from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1. Volunteers at each store will provide a list of items needed at Safe Harbor such as canned foods and personal care items. Monetary donations also will be accepted.

"Our resident numbers have tripled over the last five to six years while our funding literally is flat," Perkins said. "Shop and Share is a huge blessing for us. We also are so grateful for the community to support us on Shop and Share Day.

Anyone who can help can call Jennifer Allen at (606) 329-9304.

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