In the past month, the Crisis Center of Dodge City has provided services to 31 women and children from Dodge City and the surrounding counties.
In the past month, the Crisis Center of Dodge City has provided services to 31 women and children from Dodge City and the surrounding counties. And in order to keep up with the needs of those they support, the Crisis Center is reaching out to the community for help. Executive Director of the Crisis Center Joanna Zimmerman said many women come to the shelter without anything. "When they leave their abuse or are ready to leave the shelter a lot women have nothing they would need to start a home," Zimmerman said. She went on to say that the Crisis Center rarely turns down any kind of donation, but there a few things they desperately need. The following items are needed immediately at the shelter: -lamps, -dressers, -chairs, -a blender, -a swing set, -children’s art supplies, -video game console, -large all-in-one printer/fax/copier, -flat screen TV for play room. Another immediate need is a vehicle to transport residents and victims. Employees at the Crisis Center currently have to use their own vehicles for these purposes. Zimmerman said the shelter is also in need of baby items (cribs, strollers, etc.), household items, women's and children's clothing, canned and boxed food, bagged cereal, frozen meats, toys, gift certificates (Wal-Mart, gas, groceries), pre-packaged snacks, laundry supplies, office supplies, and a kiddie pool. Monetary donations are also accepted. All donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off at the Crisis Center, 605 Central Ave., Dodge City. Other opportunities to help the Crisis Center include volunteering to mow the lawn at the shelter in the summer, answering calls to the hotline, and routine office work. Zimmerman said bilingual volunteers would be a great help. "We could use volunteers for anything and everything," she said. The Crisis Center of Dodge City provides free and confidential services to any individual who has experienced domestic, sexual, interpersonal or stalking violence in the Dodge City area. Services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, personal support, safe shelter, community referrals, individual counseling, community education, and services to child victims through the Meadowlark House. If you or someone you know needs help, call the Crisis Center's 24-hour hotline at 620-227-2701.