Safe House needs just $37,000 |

Safe House needs just $37,000

Short of its goal by $37,000 to save its Mountain Rose Safe House, Tahoe Women’s Services now looks to negotiate an agreement with the property owner that will let the agency buy the home.

With $48,000 in its coffers and another $35,000 that’s been pledged by North Tahoe and Truckee-region service groups, religious organizations and private donors, the agency has to come up with $37,000 to meet the initial agreement with the property owner to secure the Safe House.

“It’s a fire to put out,” said TWS board member Estelle Kersh. “But we feel certain we can at least secure the house.”

Tahoe Women’s Services received a $1,000 check from North Shore Enterprises after the entertainment group sponsored a fund-raiser at Diamond Peak last weekend.

At least two other checks for $1,000 have been sent to Tahoe Women’s Services since it was reported two weeks ago the agency needed $70,000 to secure its home, Kersh added.

The agency needs roughly $120,000 to secure the home by Friday. After the latest tally, agency officials estimate they need $37,000 to meet that goal.

Tahoe Women’s Services has plans to work with a real estate broker to offer the owner a block payment and allow the agency to buy the home after six months.

If TWS isn’t able to secure the home by Friday, it will have to look at other options to house the three women and two children who currently reside in the Safe House.

“We’d have to take people out of the community,” Kersh said. “We want to avoid that at all costs.”

But Kersh said she thinks that both sides will be able to work out an agreement by Friday.

The property owner has been cooperative with what Tahoe Women’s Services is asking for and has already extended his deadline for putting the home on the market to Feb. 2, Kersh explained.

Before the Christmas holiday, the Mountain Rose Safe House has been at its capacity – six people, said Safe House Program Director Alison Schwedner.

Having the Safe House in the North Tahoe and Truckee region is “incredibly crucial” for the women and children who use, Schwedner said.

“It’s critical for them to leave an abusive relationship,” she added.

Without the Safe House, the agency would have to put its clients up in motels, or refer them to other agencies in other counties – an option that would just add more instability to their lives.

“Stability is definitely important for their kids,” Schwedner said.

Kersh is looking at other grant and loan options from the federal government and other home loan groups.

However, the file and response times for some of these grant and loan applications can take six months to a year, Kersh added.

“We’re very encouraged by the community’s outreach to us,” she said.

For more information, or to make a donation, call (775) 833-0533.

Donations can also be sent to TWS Safehouse, P.O. Box 3981, Incline Village, NV 89450.

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