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Grant headed to Freedom House

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 2:46 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Freedom House will be a little more cozy thanks to a recent $4,000 grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Central Illinois.

The monies will go toward the purchase of new bedding and linens for all 20 beds at the shelter.

Program Services Director Sharon Mindock said having a warm, inviting bed that offers comfort and a sense of peace helps women who come to the shelter heal from trauma.

“It’s important to make the shelter as home-like as possible for the women and children because they are leaving very traumatic situations, and when they come into the shelter and things look nice, it’s just one more thing that helps them to de-stress from the trauma,” she said.

According to a press release issued by Freedom House, the trauma experienced by the women who come to the shelter is often violent and intense. They are often hyper vigilant because of the turmoil they have experienced.

“Many have difficulty sleeping and adjusting to shelter life,” Mindock said. “Having a comfortable bed and surroundings helps these women begin to relax.”

Mindock said the grant is very helpful because purchasing new linens is something that Freedom House wouldn’t normally be able to fit into their budget. The grant will cover new mattress pads, sheets, pillows and comforters for all beds.

According to Freedom Houses’ press release, it’s estimated every nine seconds a woman is battered, and that violence will occur at least once in two-thirds of all marriages. Twenty-five percent of the women in the United States, 12 million, will be abused by their current or former partners at some point during their lifetime. Three to four million are physically abused each year.

Last year, Freedom House provided 43 women and 40 children safe shelter. Freedom House is the only state-recognized funded domestic violence and sexual assault service agency that serves Bureau, Henry, Stark, Marshall and Putnam counties.

In 2013, Freedom House provided 7,465.25 hours of therapy, counseling and advocacy services to 574 residential and non-residential clients.

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