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Opening day for "Pure" benefits Sexual Abuse Resource Center

Posted: Mon, Jul 23, 2012 6:51 PM

The Domestic and Sexual Abuse Resource Center of Helping Services was the grateful recipient of a $300 donation from Alexandra McGarrity, owner of Pure, a new women's clothing store in Decorah. The donation came from the proceeds of the grand opening sale on July 6th. Advocates and staff of Helping Services were available at the grand opening to answer questions offer an opportunity to learn more about Helping Services. An informational table was provided just outside the store next to one of the "purple silhouettes" from the Domestic and Sexual Abuse Resource Center. Each silhouette represents a victim of domestic violence killed in Iowa by her partner. Approximately 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic or sexual violence in her lifetime. Donations and community support can help in reducing those numbers. The donation will be used to provide advocacy, emergency supplies, and transportation to safety for victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children in Northeast Iowa. We are truly grateful to Alexandra and look forward to new partnerships in the future.

If you would like more information about the Domestic and Sexual resource Center of Helping Services or would like to become a volunteer or make a donation, please call Helping Services at 563.387.1720 or visit If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call 800-383-2988. Help is available. Services are free and confidential. No one deserves to be abused.

Helping Services for Northeast Iowa is a not-for-profit agency that promotes the health and well-being of children and adults living in our service area. The agency focuses resources on substance abuse, child abuse, domestic violence and sexual abuse prevention. Staff provide presentations, research-based programs, mentoring coordination, trainings and advocacy. Helping Services works with community members to help create environments that are safe, nurturing and healthy.

Photo: Alexandra McGarrity with Helping Services Executive Director Dave Runyon