In 2013, our community was shocked, stunned and saddened when Harmony Place, our center for domestic and sexual assault services, closed its doors and went out of business, too encumbered by debt to continue. Lost to us in their demise were critical safety, counseling and intervention services that are vital to the safety and well-being of victims of domestic and sexual violence. In addition, the building which had housed the program for more than 7 years was lost to bankruptcy, ending the provision of emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, as well as homeless families and women.
In the calendar year of 2013, leading up to the closure, more than 400 calls had been received on the local hotline, a remarkably large number for a single county. Even when the agency closed, calls continued to come, with the largest portion of those all going to local law enforcement agencies. All told, more than 600 local calls were made in 2013 for assistance, counseling, and safety help in 2013…a remarkably large number for one county.