Helping Victims of Domestic Violence
SACRAMENTO—Today, Assemblymember Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) announced selecting Treasure House, in Santa Rosa, as the 2022 Nonprofit of the Year for Assembly District 2.
“Domestic violence is a crisis across our nation and occurrences have only risen since the pandemic,” said Wood. “Treasure House takes the proceeds from its volunteer-run nonprofit consignment shop to support Santa Rosa’s YWCA Safe House, a place where victims and their dependent children fleeing domestic violence can find safety and other assistance.”
On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men. On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.
Treasure House is celebrating its 60-year anniversary. It started supporting the women’s and children’s Safe House in 2007. In 2014, that organization became the sole recipient of approximately 80 percent of Treasure House’s proceeds. Safe House is a 32-bed facility in a confidential location, established by the YWCA in 1977 as one of the first domestic violence shelters in Sonoma County.
“It is wonderful for us and our dedicated volunteers to receive this recognition as Nonprofit of the Year,” said President Robbin Montero. “After 58 years in business and in the middle of a pandemic, the Treasure House reinvented itself to become a high-quality consignment shop, unique to Sonoma County, which has resulted in quadrupling our sales and profits. That’s what has allowed us to donate $85,000 to Safe House in just the first four months of this year!”
“Treasure House earns money with the sole purpose to give it all away,” said Wood. “It’s a nonprofit helping another nonprofit, reinvesting in much needed social services for the community. I’m honored to recognize Treasure House, including its leadership and wonderful volunteers, as Assembly District 2’s Nonprofit of the Year.”
Find out more about Treasure House by visiting its Facebook page @TreasureHouseSantaRosa. Families seeking safety from domestic violence can call the hotline (707) 546-1234 to discuss options, including the YWCA’s residential program known as the Safe House.
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