Harmony House launched a new event called in October 2015 called “iCare”, which was designed to raise awareness about domestic violence, as well as to raise funds to support Harmony House’s emergency shelter and support services. In this first year, over 200 businesses signed up to participate in iCare.
The event culminated on Friday, October 23rd, with employees from all of these businesses wearing black eye stickers to symbolize domestic violence victims and to raise awareness about the problem in Springfield. In addition to handing out awareness information within their businesses and to their customers, these businesses also hosted fundraisers, such as chili cook-offs, auctions, casual days, raffles and other innovative events.
Esther Munch, Harmony House Development Director, says “We are so pleased that the community has come out to voice their concern about our domestic violence problem and to let those dealing with domestic violence know that Springfield cares, it’s ok to talk about it and help is available.”
About Harmony House
Established in 1976, Harmony House is Missouri’s oldest domestic violence shelter and has served over 16,000 survivors of domestic violence since first opening its’ doors. Our mission is to provide shelter, advocacy and education to survivors of domestic violence while promoting the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free of abuse. Harmony House provides emergency shelter; transitional housing; food, clothing and basic hygiene items; case management; court advocacy; childcare; life skills classes; transportation assistance and a crisis hotline answered 24/7. For more information on Harmony House, please call 417-837-7700 or visit us online at www.myharmonyhouse.org