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Womens’ Services need $70K by Feb. 1

There’s precious little time left for Tahoe Women’s Services to raise the $70,000 it needs to hold onto its Mountain Rose Safe House.

The agency – which helps women and children escape abuse – was told last year the house it was renting in the North Tahoe and Truckee area for use as a shelter was going to be sold.

In November, Tahoe Women’s Services began its Save Our Safe House campaign to raise the $290,000 it needs to buy the home and make it the group’s permanent shelter.

Tahoe Women’s Services actually needs about half that amount to secure the house, said agency board member Estelle Kersh.

Since the campaign began, North Shore and Truckee residents donated an estimated $30,000 toward the effort. TWS has put an additional $25,000 from its general fund into the pot.

The agency needs to come up with $70,000 more by Feb. 2 to secure the home. That’s just one week away.

“We are close to our goal,” Kersh said.

Located in California, the Safe House can hold six women and children.

“It would be a huge loss to us, especially because of the fact that housing options are so limited in the area,” said Melanie Kauffman, interim executive director of Tahoe Women’s Services.

Now, there are two fund-raisers in the works to help TWS save its safe house – the annual Chocolate Festival March 24, and a much sooner fund-raiser Jan. 27 at Diamond Peak. Money gathered from the Chocolate Festival will be funneled into the Safe House, but it will bankroll maintenance and operating costs.

The fund-raiser scheduled Saturday boasts a raffle with prizes donated by North Shore merchants. Sponsored by North Shore Enterprises, the fund-raiser marks one of the last opportunities for donors to contribute to the Save Our Safe House campaign before the Feb. 2 deadline.

The raffle takes place during Diamond Peak Ski Resort’s demo day titled “Slide, Ride and Jive.”

For more information, or to make a donation to Tahoe Women’s Services Safe House campaign, call Estelle Kersh at (775) 833-0533.

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