We made it through last year because of the incredible support of our Berkshire community. Today, we ask for your support again.
For many, home is the most dangerous place to be. We know this too well in Berkshire County. In the past six years, we lost 11 women and children to domestic violence-related homicides from Clarksburg to Sheffield. In 2021, our rate of protection order filings was 53% higher than the state average.
COVID-19 has only heightened the risks. The very precautions we take to prevent the spread of COVID lead to increased danger. That is why we never closed our doors. From emergency shelter to free and confidential counseling, to meeting basic needs and helping with online hearings, our doors remained open and our staff available.
Still now, we continue to see high levels of danger, huge financial need and homelessness. Since COVID began, calls to our hotline and costs for safe shelter increased over 80% – and yet, we know we are seeing just the tip of the iceberg.
Your donation truly makes a difference. Your support helps us continue life-saving, life-changing services for survivors of domestic, dating and sexual violence in Berkshire County. Together with you, Elizabeth Freeman Center works toward a violence-free future where everyone can live authentically with safety and justice.
Please give today for a better tomorrow.
Thank you always,
From all of us at Elizabeth Freeman Center