In the months of November and December, we take a break from our normal line-up of all things real estate. Instead, we take this time to give back to the community by interviewing different non-profit organizations to help you decide which organizations you might want to send your holiday contributions. The holidays are when most of these organizations make their money to operate during the upcoming year.
Today, Deborah Elliott-Shultz welcomes Sherry Lynn Boyles of TESSA.
TESSA predominantly serves women and children of the Pikes Peak area, although they do help men as well. They have an emergency shelter with 32 beds and serve over 10,000 people over the course of a year. Not only do they directly help victims, but they also have community programs to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.
Through community programs to help prevent domestic violence, counselors have seen an increase in responses from teens and children stating that it is okay to hit a partner or to force someone to have sex. This disturbing trend is one of the reasons TESSA has partnered with area schools to provide classes about domestic violence and sexual assault.
Operating with an annual budget of $2.4 million, services provide a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, housing, case managers, legal services, court advocates, counseling and other community programs.
With Christmas right around the corner, TESSA needs children’s toys so their clients are able to pick out Christmas presents. Often, victims of domestic violence have fled with only the clothes on their back, so anything you would need for daily life (shampoo, deodorant, bath soap, diapers, hygiene products, blankets, food, etc). Want to get more involved? Check out their website at tessacs.org or call (719) 633-1462.
TESSA’s domestic violence crisis line is (719) 633-3819.
If you would like more information about this or anything real estate, contact Deborah Elliott-Shultz at (719) 641-1357. And remember, it’s never too late to become the person you were meant to be.