Minot's Domestic Violence Crisis Center got a boost this week from local jewelry store owners who aim to use their resources to improve the community.
Melinda Bolton has more in our Community Matters series.
(Melinda Bolton) "Proceeds from the sales of a gold dipped maple leaf Christmas ornament at Knowles Jewelry during December added up to more than 83-hundred dollars for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. And Wednesday, Al and Linda Torrington of Knowles Jewelry made the donation."
(Linda Torrington, Owner Knowles Jewelry) "It was exciting, I was able to do a tour of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center previously in the fall, and I saw the need and where they were going with their buildings and just their help to the community."
(Melinda Bolton) "Dena Filler of the Domestic Violence center says she was thrilled with an offer to help fund a new emergency housing project for victims of domestic violence in the region."
(Dena Filler, Executive Director Domestic Violence Crisis Center) "When you're fundraising it's not often people come to you and say we would love to do something for you. It's usually the other way around where you're scouting around trying to find other ways to raise that money. So when Knowles called and said 'We have an idea.' We were just ecstatic."
(Melinda Bolton) "Before embarking on this fundraiser, Al and Linda consulted distributors and their employees. But they and Ms. Filler say none of it would have been possible without the residents of Minot."
(Linda Torrington, Owner Knowles Jewelry) "People saw it on our e-mail, our Facebook, people from out of town from Minot called, 'We want to support this'. You know, and people from all over. Yea they're around the United States, not just in Minot, North Dakota."
(Dena Filler, Executive Director Domestic Violence Crisis Center) "That just makes you feel so great that people in the community are coming out to support the program and Knowles of course."
(Melinda Bolton)"What all this support adds up to is new emergency housing in a secure building which will offer multiple common rooms, storage, laundry, offices and a donation center. But most importantly are ten private bedrooms, where women can be at peace."
(Dena Filler, Executive Director Domestic Violence Crisis Center) "Currently the only place a woman has that she can call her own is her bed, because there's really no private space. So we're really excited to be able to offer some space for them when they're making difficult, difficult decisions in their lives."
(Melinda Bolton) "In order to pay off the shelter where they hope to offer housing by March, Filler and her team need to raise the second half of a one point four million dollar budget. Melinda Bolton, KX News."