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Thursday, October 26, 2023
 

STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

Sip, shop and celebrate Fall—and benefit The Advocates at the same time.

J. McLaughlin is donating a percentage of its sales on Friday to The Advocates in support of The Advocates’ work and Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

There’ll be wine and treats for shoppers between noon and 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at the shop, 520 E. 4th St. in Ketchum. And 15 percent of sales will benefit The Advocates.

The Advocates helped 600 adults and 93 children during the 2022-23 fiscal year.

During the past year The Advocates provided;

  • 2,995 nights of safety as shelter requests climbed 25 percent over the previous year
  • 5,200 hours of free legal services for clients
  • 720 counseling sessions for 228 clients
  • 14,128 responses to requests for help over the help line
  • 497 clients with financial assistance
  • 5,361 in-person services
  • 271 food boxes for families in need.
  • 916 vouchers for the Attic thrift store, representing $36,000 in essential items
  • 105 free education workshops in the community.

    The Advocates worked with 60 sexual assault survivors, helped 76 clients save $64,000 through their matched savings program, served 37 adults and 51 children through the transitional housing program and educated 2,392 students about how to cultivate healthy relationships.

  • The Advocates’ crisis shelter is full 39 weeks of the year, an 87 percent increase in shelter use over the year before.
  • Forty adults and 34 children sleep in the shelter and transitional housing every night, and 28 pets were safely housed with their owners this past year.
  • The Advocates get 48 requests for assistance every day.
  • Ninety children are on waitlists for child care.
  • Fifteen people are waiting for transitional housing.
  • There is a 1- to 2-year waitlist for affordable housing

The nonprofit organization based in Hailey is funded by government and foundation grants, private contributions and money raised by The Attic thrift store.

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