Shelter for abused women reopens

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Posted: Aug 17, 2010 5:27 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Aug 17, 2010 6:31 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Livingston Parish, abused, Women Outreaching Women, open, shelter, donations, community

Battered women have somewhere to call home in Livingston Parish.

Women Outreaching Women, an emergency domestic violence home, closed in January because it ran out of money. Mona Mistric, Women Outreaching Women founder, says it's because of support from the community that the shelter reopened last month.

"If the community hadn't pitched in and done this, it probably wouldn't have happened because I thought our season was over. I was wrong," said Mistric.

Mistric says news of the shelter closing spread fast. Within a week, people in the community were calling to find out how they could help. Through donations from companies like Holmes Building Materials and monthly garage sales, the organization raised more than $36,000.

"Because we're a business in Livingston Parish, everybody that works for us lives out here. We just thought it was a worthy cause and something very close to everybody's heart," said John Holmes, President of Holmes Building Materials.

Money raised went toward reopening the home that provides beds for up to nine women at a time. Now, half the empty beds are filled.

The shelter hopes to open a second home but does not have a timeline for when. Women Outreaching Women operates the only home for abused women in Livingston Parish.

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