The Loving Legacy campaign launched by the Council on Domestic Abuse on Friday has been linked with a rare glimpse inside the emergency shelter as part of a new fundraising effort that matches every dollar up to 50,000 $.
âWe are thrilled and grateful to launch our Loving Legacy campaign,â said CODA Executive Director Emily Murray. âThis was made possible by an amazing and anonymous donor who wanted to give back to our community through CODA.
âAfter growing up in an abusive home prior to CODA training, this person reached out to us with this generous donation to ensure there will be a CODA for families in the future,â said Murray.
The donations will go towards CODA’s operating costs to help fund the emergency shelter that accommodates those trying to escape a 24-hour open violence situation, legal advocacy work at the County Courthouse in Vigo and prevention education in the community.
The anonymous donation came at the right time to replace the organization’s annual fundraising event, Murray said, providing a safe alternative during this period of continued social distancing.
The open house also takes some of the mystery out of the shelter, Murray said, by allowing the public to see the operations inside.
The shelter also accepts pets, she said. If someone has a pet that they do not want to leave behind because the person is emerging from an abusive situation, the animal can be accommodated at the CODA shelter.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in a temporary reduction in the shelter’s capacity to comply with social distancing guidelines. However, the refuge has reached 75% of its capacity.
Other services CODA offers include transportation, flexible funding to help with car repairs and rental assistance, case management resources, and a legal defense program that helps people get protection orders. , file for divorce and find pro bono lawyer services.
The CODA organization was established in 1985 as part of a local effort of local residents. The CODA refuge is located at 26 S. 17th St. in Terre Haute.
For more information on CODA and to contribute to the fundraising campaign, go online at codaterrehaute.org or facebook.com/coda.terrehaute.
Lisa Trigg can be reached at 812-231-4254 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at TribStarLisa.