Trees of Hope, the newest spin on an Angel Tree, are now spread across town. These 2ft tall, mini Christmas Trees showcase purple and teal ornaments that each display needed items or vital services needed for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Domestic violence and sexual assault remain an ongoing issue in Rutherford County and the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a paramount year for the DVSA Center.
Every year, the Center is seeing a 10-30% increase is those seeking their help. The Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center (DVSAC) is the only free service provider to victims in our community who need healing and protective services to overcome the trauma of abuse or rape. Additionally, DVSAC is the only facility in the area to offer a lawyer on staff and on-site rape kits available to clients.
“With the generous financial and in-kind donation support of our community through Trees of Hope, and individual gifts throughout the year, the financial burden is relieved and survivors can take the necessary steps towards safety, hope and healing with FREE supportive services,” said Kara Mischke, Community Relations Manager with the Center. “100% of the Trees of Hope proceeds stay in the community and provide direct help and services to families impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault. Your financial resources and gifts enable us to provide a tailored response for safety and recovery unique to each victim who walks through our doors this holiday season and beyond.”
You can find the Trees of Hope at the following participating businesses; Body & Face Medical Cosmetic Center, Camino Real Mexican Restaurants, Central Christian Church, The Gateway Village, La Costa Mexican Seafood, Mid TN Gyn, and the Murfreesboro Police Department.
You can also donate directly to the Trees of Hope campaign at http://bit.ly/DVSATreesofHope.
“Now more than ever, people need hope,” continued Mischke. “When victims of abuse or violence are supported, families can rebuild, healing can begin, and we can provide a healthier and safer community for us all.”
ABOUT Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center
The DVSA Center’s mission to protect victims, prevent violence and empower survivors. The center accomplishes this by providing citizens of Rutherford County with the resources and assistance necessary to effectively deal with the personal, social and legal implications of victimization by domestic violence and sexual assault. To learn more about services or to get involved, visit www.dvsacenter.org.