A local company is stepping forward to build a new playground for a Shelby County domestic violence shelter.
Leaving a domestic violence situation with your children may save mean saving your life as well as theirs. But it can also be extremely frightening.
That's what a woman named Joan says after leaving a situation with several of her small children.
"We just didn't know what to expect. We never imagined we'd be in the situation we were in and we had to leave and had to leave quickly," she recalls.
She and her children landed at SafeHouse of Shelby County, which is a domestic violence shelter. Her children quickly found a playground out back but it was old and soon broken. So shelter officials had to remove it, much to the children's dismay.
"They were devastated. They were devastated," recalls SafeHouse board chairperson Kendall Janorschke.
But she and staff quickly went to work, looking for donors to help build a new playground. That's when SouthWest Water Company stepped forward, offering to pay for the project.
"We're always looking for ways to play a big part and take a leadership in the community," says Craig Sorenson, General Manager of SWWC.
The old playhouse will remain on the playground but there will be several new additions including swings and slides, a basketball court, a splash pad for warmer months, a fitness area and a walking track.
SafeHouse employees say this will provide normalcy while keeping the children safe.
"These children don't have the option to go to playgrounds like other kids would so to have this on location will be really great," says Janorschke.
The plan is to have the new playground in place in just a couple of months, just in time for Christmas.
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