Latimer House Needs Donations for Safe House

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

We've told you about the crowded conditions at the Latimer House--domestic violence victims fleeing from dangerous situations having to sleep on air mattresses and sleeping bags on the floor-- but now the shelter is getting the green and the green light to provide another safe house.

The Latimer House will get the keys to the building on Friday but the new safe house will be completely empty.

Officials are asking for furniture, bedding and kitchen items to make the new building a home for victims of domestic violence.

The shelter has been at an average of 134 percent capacity for the last nine months and has had to pull out trundle beds for families and even pay for hotel rooms.

Latimer House has been raising money and planning for a second safehouse for about a year and thanks to a grant from the Mesa County Department of Human Services Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative, the shelter can now expand.

Director Jackie Sievers says it could not have come at a better time.

"It can be life and death for some people. For most people who come here, this is their only avenue to escape a dangerous or violent relationship," Sievers told 11 News on Wednesday.

The Latimer House wants to open the new safe house in two weeks
but before that can happen, they need to furnish the rooms.

So if you're doing some spring cleaning, or if you can afford to help, they're looking for twin beds, dressers, nightstands, couches, chairs pots and pans or electronics.

If you'd like to donate call the Latimer House at (970) 241-0324.

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