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Erath County’s only shelter for women and children purchases 2nd home. Here’s how you can help.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Restoration Advocates, a non-profit organization in Erath County, has provided 21 women and 17 children with shelter, food, counseling, transportation and job searches in just the past year.


Now, the organization that helped those women and children escape domestic violence and get a fresh start, plans to expand its reach with the purchase of a new home.

“We now have two houses, which is good because the need is so great,” board member Kim Lewallen told Beneath the Surface News. “It’s incredible to see these women come in – and be safe – find jobs and learn how to support themselves and their kids.”


The shelter – called “Restoration Place” – gives women and their children a safe haven for up to 12 months, where they receive the tools they need to rebuild their lives.

"Since our residents need more than just housing, we provide things such as childcare and transportation,” Kim said. “Our volunteers mentor the women through areas of personal development, parenting, finance, education and careers.


“The new house comes with four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a fenced in backyard and three-car garage, but it does need some work, and since we operate strictly on donations, we are in need of more community partners to help with this incredibly important cause for our county.”

Businesses and individuals that would like to help Restoration Advocates get the home up and running are invited to make donations toward things like a new heating and air system, new water heaters, garage door openers and a security system.


Since the shelter’s opening in September 2020, Restoration Place has helped a total of 39 women and 38 children improve their lives.

The organization is trying to raise $300,000 by the end of the year. (They’ve so far raised a little more than $40,000.)


Click here if you would like to help the organization reach its goal.




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