March Fundraising Push to Open Grand County’s First Safe House
Advocates of Grand County board members and their recruited “ambassadors” are focusing efforts on a strong March campaign to allow Sprout House to partially open by April 1.
Marianne Klancke and Gigi Dominguez, who have both lived in Grand County for more than 30 years, say they are working tirelessly to open Grand County’s first safe house for victims of domestic violence and their children.
Klancke, a life coach, artist, tile expert and board member for Advocates for a Violence-Free Community – the nonprofit that has been helping victims of domestic violence in Grand County for more than 32 years – has been managing the repair and renovation of the house, rolling up her sleeves to do whatever is necessary. To Klancke, it’s not work. “It’s my way of contributing,” she said.
A safe house has been a long-term goal for Advocates and for Klancke personally.
“Grand County is such an extraordinary place to live because we have always felt we were safe here. The Sprout House nurtures that security for all who come to be a part of our special community, championing the end of fear and violence,” she said.
Trades people and suppliers have donated their time and resources to the project. “It seems that every person who has worked on the house knows someone impacted by domestic violence,” Klancke said. “They contribute their time because they share the vision that a safe house, our Sprout House, will save lives.”
“We are on the verge of something great here. It’s so exciting to be part of the team to open Sprout House,” said Gigi Dominguez, a local business owner, long-time nonprofit professional and Advocates board member who has embraced her role as co-chair of the capital campaign to raise funds for the repairs, renovations and furnishings for Sprout House. Her hours are spent asking people for money and asking people to serve as neighborhood ambassadors for the campaign.
More than 70 percent of the $325,000 needed for Sprout House has been raised. This includes the generous lead donation of $110,000 from the Sprout Foundation Donor Advised Fund. The Advocates board decided on the Sprout House name in honor of the lead donor and because the house will provide fertile ground to sprout new lives.
Advocates hopes to raise the remaining $95,000 in March.
The campaign will use some 30 neighborhood ambassadors throughout the county to write to their second homeowner neighbors for contributions. “We’re hopeful that a personal request from a neighbor will be given serious consideration,” Dominguez said. Ambassadors will also invite locals to a community fundraising breakfast at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 24 at at the Inn at SilverCreek.
Karen Newman is one of the ambassadors. “The safehouse will help victims and children from all over Grand County. I’m happy to serve as ambassador for my Granby subdivision and Grand Lake workplace and put my name to this important cause,” she said.
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