Hundreds Go Door to Door Raising Money for Friendship Home

By: Kristin Bauer Email
By: Kristin Bauer Email

"One in four women in Lancaster County alone have been affected by domestic violence in one shape or form." - Volunteer Sharen Waters

Escaping domestic abuse is tough, especially if you don't have anywhere to go.

Thankfully, there's a place in Lincoln available for victims of domestic violence.

In order to provide those services, Friendship Home needs money.

Sheran Waters set out on foot. She's a volunteer for Safe Quarters, a community effort to raise money for Lincoln's Friendship Home.

"One in four women in Lancaster County alone have been affected by domestic violence in one shape or form," Waters said.

Waters knows firsthand the effect. She's a survivor of domestic assault.

"I escaped my abuser over 13 years ago, so this is near to my heart," Waters said. "I looked to seek shelter, but I knew that my abuser would be able to find the shelter in the community where I lived."

She's been a part of the fundraiser for five years, and her group is one out of 200 volunteer groups going door to door.

"We're only asking for change, change can make a big difference," Waters said. "It's so important to participate now because there are so many people out there like me that need this."

Friendship home helps more than 1,600 women and children a year. Organizers said this event raises twenty percent of their yearly budget.

"This money is for the basics. So we can make sure our shelter is open, our beds are there, the lights are on and there's food on the table," Waters said.


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