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Battered Mother's Resource Fund
Missouri Organization to raise $5 Million for Battered Mothers
Columbia, MO 08/04/08 - Every day in America, 10 women lose their lives to domestic abuse.
It’s a fact of our society that no one wants to talk about, but the Battered Mothers’ Resource Fund, Inc. (BMRF) has been doing something about it for years. Their hotline has helped over 5,000 mothers and their children find temporary shelter where they can stay together, out of harm’s way. This is unusual, because in most cases, authorities strive to put the mothers in a shelter and the children in foster care.
BMRF believes that practice leads only to more distress. Director Phillip Baney says “We believe that in this time of turmoil, mothers and children need to be together. Children need the security of their mother’s presence, and in order to heal and go forward, mothers need to see and touch their children, and know that they are safe.”
In order to get the word out about their hotline 866-592-7870 and the help available to battered mothers, BMRF has distributed over 500,000 pieces of literature nationwide.
Now, in answer to the need for longer-term solutions for those mothers and children who have no family to turn to, the Battered Mothers’ Resource Fund has launched a new project: The Freedom Ranch of Missouri.
This $5 million project will begin with housing for ten mothers and up to 40 children from anywhere in the U.S., and it will provide a free summer camp for approximately 700 inner city kids each summer.
To kick off fundraising efforts, The Battered Mothers’ Resource Fund is holding a huge on line raffle. The tickets are inexpensive and the prizes exciting. All the information can be found at www.bestcharityraffle.org or by calling 866-592-7870.
Volunteers who would like to be part of this groundbreaking project can visit www.freedomranchofmissouri.org for more information.