By Matt Maizel
October 1st marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time to acknowledge and connect those who work to end intimate partner violence. For those impacted by domestic violence in our community, Tides of Change (formerly Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center), a nonprofit organization provides specialized services to those affected by gender-based violence. Habitat for Humanity launched its 23rd community project September 30th, which gave the staff and board members of both organizations an opportunity to work onsite on their latest project. Side by side these two organizations rolled up their sleeves and worked together to stain the fence for the Tides of Change Shelter which offers services for those escaping domestic violence. “We are two organizations who often ask for volunteers to help us on projects, this time we wanted to be the volunteers,” says Habitat Executive Director Cami Aufdermauer.
Thanks to Rosenberg Builders Supply, materials are provided at a discounted price. Habitat for Humanity’s projects are led by experienced construction manager Joshua Gingerich, the newest member of the Habitat team. Habitat for Humanity, another non-profit organization, and Tides of Change have come together to help play a critical role in initiating projects that are aimed to provide safe, decent, affordable shelter to those who are suffering. The first Monday of every October is World Habitat Day (this year is October 7th), a day to reflect on the adequacy of shelter in our community – “Every one deserves a decent place to live.”
If you or a loved one is suffering from gender-based violence, you are not alone – there is help and services like Tides of Change in our community. Volunteers are also welcome to reach out, as there are many ways to get involved with Tides of Change and to make a difference in your community; information can be found online at: tidesofchangenw.org.
On October 23rd, a plaque will be installed at a community gathering held at Carnahan Park in Tillamook to honor survivors of gender-based violence. All are welcome to attend.