July 28, 2014 – Springfield, MO: Harmony House, Missouri’s first domestic violence shelter, is pleased to announce the grand opening of “Ingle’s Treasures”, an upscale boutique for shelter residents. Named in honor of former Executive Director, Patty Ingle, Ingle’s Treasures provides shelter residents the luxury of a true shopping experience. The new boutique offers women an array of new and gently used clothing, shoes, handbags, jewelry, accessories, and bath and body products. Women are able to browse the boutique and make purchases using points they’ve earned based on completion of weekly goals.
Women often arrive at Harmony House with nothing but the clothes on their back. While Harmony House routinely provides them with the basics when they arrive, the new boutique is different. Lisa Farmer, Executive Director of Harmony House, explains “The new boutique gives shelter residents the opportunity to do something that many of us take for granted, which is to shop for things beyond just the basics. They can purchase professional attire, nice casual wear or simply pamper themselves with bath and body products. Because the boutique “currency” is based on points they’ve earned, it also instills a sense of accomplishment which helps to build confidence and self-esteem.”
An open house featuring tours of the boutique is scheduled for Tuesday, July 29th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM at 519 E. Cherry Street. Members of the media are invited to attend.
Harmony House has seen steady increases over the last five years in the numbers of people seeking services. Greene County, MO has the highest rate of domestic violence in the state and domestic violence has been named a “red flag” issue in the recent Springfield and Greene County Community Focus Report. Last year Harmony House sheltered 560 women and children, however, another 1,600 were turned away due to lack of space.
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 shelter and a range of support services to both women and children, including clothing, food and other necessities; case management; life skills classes; childcare and children’s advocacy services; court, legal accompaniment and advocacy; outreach; transitional housing; employment assistance; transportation 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
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