Our Mission Statement
To promote healthy families and a violence free community while providing a safe haven for women and children who are victims of domestic violence/sexual assault.
We believe . . .
Notes from the Executive Director
(Left to right: Board of Directors Marti Slater, Jennifer Joanis and Executive Director Cheri Smith)
Thank you to Governor Walker and First Lady Donna Walker
As The LeeShore Center celebrates its 30th year of keeping domestic violence victims and their families pets’ safe from harm, we are deeply grateful to RedRover for the $3,000 grant award to help us build a new outdoor animal kennel at our emergency shelter facility!
RedRover is a national nonprofit organization that annually awards grant funding to domestic violence shelters throughout the county so that shelters can create a safe place to house victims’ pets. You can learn more about RedRover at www.RedRover.org.
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, as high as 85 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters reported their abuser also injured, threatened, or killed the family pets. For some domestic violence victims, staying in an abusive home is the only option if they are afraid to leave their pets and there’s no place safe to take them.
RedRover understands that when there’s violence in the home, everyone’s at risk, including family pets. So thank you RedRover for supporting domestic violence shelters and the work we do to help victims and their pets stay safe!
Thank you to KPBA
On behalf of the LeeShore Center staff and board, we wish to thank Heather Morning, Sarah Hough and all the folks at Kenai Peninsula Builders Association for their generous holiday gifts to our agency.
On behalf of KPBA, Heather and Sarah stopped by LeeShore the morning of December 10th with a car load of holiday presents for the women and children residing in our emergency shelter and transitional housing facilities. It was a sight to behold; toys, clothing, stocking stuffers, blankets, arts & crafts, etc. Please know your thoughtfulness will bring joy to those residing with us on Christmas morning. We thank KPBA for the gifts and wish them a very happy holiday and new year!
Cheri Smith, Executive Director