Kendall County Women’s Shelter: Providing A Safe Haven for Our Neighbors in Need
By now you’ve probably heard that we host monthly social and networking events to make friends, have fun, support local small businesses, and support area non-profit organizations, right? Last quarter we partnered with the Boerne Community Coalition in their mission to provide food and support to Boerne children and families in need. From April through July we raised $400 through event ticket sales and held a wonderful group volunteer day to support that organization.
For the next quarter, our events will support the efforts of the Kendall County Women’s Shelter (KCWS), which volunteer Dondi Persyn tells us “provides safe, emergency shelter in a supportive environment where Texas Hill Country victims of domestic violence and their children can begin the healing process and receive the support services they need to build new lives.”
Dondi has processed donations, helped with fundraising events, and sat on the committee for the organization’s annual “Sip & Savor” fundraiser for over a year now. She also recently became the social media manager for the KCWS Instagram page.
“Many times, volunteering does not involve working directly in the shelter”, Dondi stated through an email interview. “However, there are times when we get a glimpse into the seriousness of why we do what we do. These women and their babies are fleeing from danger. It is very common for them to get to the KCWS with practically nothing but the clothes on their back, and sometimes in a serious state of trauma.”
And the KCWS not only provides residential services to women in need, but also offers nonresidential group counseling, child and pet services, life skills classes, legal advocacy, food and nutrition services, and case management, as well as community outreach and dating violence prevention programs.
That’s a pretty big mission for a non-profit, so I asked Dondi how we can help. She listed five different ways we can get involved:
1) Volunteering- “Whether it’s in donation processing, working events, or helping at either of the two thrifts shops that help fund the shelter, help is appreciated. If you are able to work outside in the elements, lift storage crates, and/or help out on Saturdays, your help is especially needed right now.”
2) Donating- “We accept financial contributions as well as gently used, clean clothing, furniture and home décor to resell in our thrift shops, ‘Fabulous Finds’ in Boerne & ‘Fabulous Finds Too’ in Comfort. Donations are accepted Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 3pm.
3) Amazon Smile-“A really simple way to help, especially during the holiday season, is to use Amazon Smile while purchasing through Amazon. Make sure to choose Kendall County Women’s Shelter as your charity and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases.”
5) Become an Event Sponsor or attend a fundraiser-“Attendance and sponsorship of events is vital to the success of the event and ultimately, vital to the budget at the shelter. Bottom line: it takes resources to make the shelter function and every little bit helps.”
KCWS’ next fundraiser, the annual “Sip & Savor”, is slated for Thursday, October 11th at the Cana Ballroom in Boerne. The event will be “a tasting event with an impact”, and will feature local restaurants, wineries, distilleries and breweries such as Brantley’s Bistro 259, Valeria Ristorante Italiano, Cuppencake, The Dienger Trading Co., Bending Branch Winery, Newsom Vineyards, Saint Tryphon Farm & Vineyards, Boerne Brewery, Hill Country Distillers, and more. Tickets for that event are available HERE.
Sip & Savor vendor applications, event sponsors, and silent auction items are still being accepted and you can find out more by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 830-331-8950. You can also reach Dondi directly by phone at 580-229-5806 or through Instagram.
I’d also like to personally invite you to our first of three social, networking, and fundraising events benefitting the KCWS: “Cupcakes, Color Street, & Cabernet”, which will take place at Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery in Boerne on August 18th. You can find those tickets HERE.
However you choose to show your support, the KCWS is grateful to each and every one of you. And I am so grateful that this amazing organization exists to offer such critical services to those in our community when they need it most. ❤️
And of course, if you or someone you know needs immediate help, you can reach the KCWS 24-Hour Hotline at 800-495-8078. You'll also find information on the web at kcwstexas.org.
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