After more than two decades of diligent work fighting domestic violence in the community, Park City's Peace House (24-hour helpline: 800.647.9161) took the first steps in a bold new chapter for the organization by breaking ground on a 42,000-square-foot community campus. The ambitious Thrive Campaign was launched last summer to cover he cost of the new campus. And then last week, Peace House leaders announced the entirety of the $11.6 million Thrive Campaign goal has been met thanks to the generosity of numerous public partners and private philanthropic support. "We're obviously thrilled to have raised the funds and grateful to the many champions that made this campaign a success," said Karen Marriott, Thrive Campaign chair. "Getting that stamp of approval from the community and having the support of The Women's Giving Fund and local women gave us the momentum we needed to secure both public and private funds."
Located next to the Park City Medical Center, the new Peace House campus will provide eight emergency shelter units, 12 transitional housing units, and a secure parking lot. The new campus will also help Peace House ramp up services to victims, from therapy and counseling to legal support, medical care, job training, and--for the first time in Peace House history--childcare. "The impact we're going to have now will truly be life changing," says Marriott. "These new and expanded services will have a dramatic effect on our capacity to help victims of domestic violence break the cycle of abuse and rebuild their lives and thrive, not just survive."
The transition to a more visible space in the community is also a very symbolic one for Peace House in their quest to end domestic violence. Unlike the current Peace House shelter's undisclosed location, the new campus will be very public. It's a way of bringing the issue out into the open, not just for the organization, but also the victims and to reaffirm that suffering from abuse is nothing to be ashamed of. It's really the first step in refocusing the Peace House's mission from last-chance haven to proactive protection and prevention. "We are so grateful to the individuals, foundations, and public partnerships who have joined us in bringing the issue of domestic abuse out of the shadows and into the light," says Kendra Wyckoff, executive director of the Peace House."Together we are building a Community Campus where people can seek support and services earlier in the cycle of abuse and hopefully before crisis."
While funding for the new campus is in place, the Peace House is always in need of help to keep its day-to-day operations and programs running (donations can be made here). The Peace House's next big fundraising event is set for August 26 at 10 a.m. when they sponsor the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event to get local men involved and raise awareness of domestic violence (Registration is now open, and costs $25 per person). Men are invited to form teams to help fundraise for the Peace House and even have a chance at some prizes, including top fundraising individual and team, tallest heel height, best costume, best strut and more!