Peace House earns Women’s Giving Fund grant
Funds will go toward transitional housing project at Round Valley
July 11, 2017
Monday, amid big smiles, warm hugs and a few tears, representatives from Park City's domestic violence shelter, Peace House, accepted a $30,000 high-impact grant from the Women's Giving Fund.
According to former Peace House Executive Director Jane Patten, the money will help the nonprofit build its first transitional housing unit at its new campus in Round Valley. Patten recently stepped down from her position in order to focus on developing the project which will include eight emergency shelter units, 12 transitional units and related support space.
The Peace House grant application was one of three finalists for the Women's Giving Fund's annual grant. The money comes from an ambitious drive, initiated by the Park City Community Foundation, calling on 1,000 women to donate $1,000 each to establish a $1 million endowment to support organizations in Summit County that provide services for women and children. Interest from the fund, which now has more than 1,300 supporting members, is awarded to one group each year.
A committee reviews and winnows the field of applicants, and donors make the final selection by voting online. Previous high impact grants have been awarded to PC Tots, an affordable day care center, and the Children's Justice Center, which provides medical and legal services for children who have been abused.
The other two finalists for this year's grant were Holy Cross Ministries and the Youth Sports Alliance.
Patten was overcome by emotion when the announcement was made in front of a large crowd at Deer Valley's Silver Lake Lodge. She thanked the community for supporting the shelter's work, saying the new housing will ensure that victims of domestic violence will have a safe place where they are protected. "As long as they need our help we will be there for them," she said. "This is an amazing seal of approval for the work we do."