Judging by the numbers, AVENUES’ call for local assistance by way of tax credit-eligible donations is a must.
AVENUES, Northeast Missouri’s domestic violence and sexual assault shelter and advocacy service, saw its numbers jump from 354 to 457 new clients yearly between 2003 and 2008. Bed nights at the shelter climbed from 1,210 to 2,982 for the same period, as did direct service hours, which rose from 2,504 to 7,704.
Here is a complete breakdown of AVENUES efforts since 2003:
354 New Clients
1210 Bed-nights (each person residing in shelter is counted each night).
2,504.25 Hours of direct service hours to clients
354 New Clients
1565 bed nights
2,967.50 Direct services hours to clients
353 New Clients
1875 bed nights
3,897.25 Direct services hours to clients
415 New Clients
1572 bed nights
5,075.50 Direct services hours to clients
428 New Clients
5,946.00 direct services hours to clients
457 New Clients
7,704.75 direct service hours to clients
Those types of increases are huge especially for an agency that’s seen cuts to its funding over the last three years and, this year, cuts to its staff.
AVENUES needs donations from local businesses and individuals. Even a $100 donation, people can earn a 50 percent tax credit from the state, and a full deduction from the federal government.
The agency needs to raise just over $86,000 between now and June 30. If it does, it will make use of all $43,478 in tax credits from the state by offering them to their donating supporters.
AVENUES provides a vital service to its clients — mostly women and children — in seven counties. It’d be a shame to see the agency continue to struggle.