Shelter from the Storm “New Beginnings”

Story and photos by Pat Krause

Story and photos by Pat Krause

The Inaugural “New Beginnings” gala was presented by the Palm Springs Police Officers Association. The gala was held to benefit the Shelter From the Storm charity on May 4th at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

Superior Court Judge Victoria Cameron and former Executive Director of Shelter from the Storm, Lynn Moriary were honored for their continued support of the Shelter. The Shelter provides aid to women and children of spousal physical and mental abuse.

A video was shown where victims of abuse told their stories and how the shelter helped them escape from the abuse. The shelter gave them refuge and support when they were most in need of help. Sometime women were fleeing for their lives and the lives of their children. The shelter is a safe haven that can help with counseling, Legal and social services and everything a women needs to get the courage to leave a bad situation.

Live It Up Productions performed songs and danced for the crowd. It was great entertainment and they have performed recently several times in our Desert.

The Riverside county police department gets over 20,000 Calls of domestic violence each year. The Shelter has a hot line that operates 24/7, 365 days a year. Each year more than 900 women seek aid thru the shelter. The Shelter thanked the Police Department, Law Enforcement agencies and the city of Palm Springs for all their support and for sponsoring this gala.

This is an ever present problem and needs the support of the community with dollars and volunteers. The Shelter is the Primary Center for abused women and children in Riverside County.

 

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