ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Rockford’s proposed Family Peace Center received $20,000 in financial support from two community groups on Wednesday.
The Peace Center will be a centralized trauma facility where specialized organizations will work together with victims of domestic violence and their children.
“Domestic violence, obviously, occurs every single day, multiple times a day, in our community,” said Mayor Tom McNamara. “So, it’ll go to good use. It will help us make sure that we are treating all survivors with dignity and compassion.”
Next Rockford donated $10,000 raised from a 5K race they held in October.
“When Next Rockord members learned more about the Family Peace Center initiative, we felt compelled to act,” said Next Rockford facilitator, Maryjo Pirages Reynolds. “We want to stand with survivors of domestic violence and do everything we can to eradicate domestic violence from our community.”
The Rockford Realtors Young Professionals Network also donated $10,000, raised in a series of fundraisers held throughout the year.
Chair Brittany Scultz said, “I know there are a lot of things in the works for how this planning is going to go, and there’s going to be a lot more that they need in the future, so this is a future-planned donation as well.”
Eventually, the Young Professionals Network hopes to donate even more by contributing a computer lab for the center.
“We would love to have a professional lab in there for people to support them in getting their life started,” Schultz said. “Everything from doing resumes, to helping them get a job, education. So, we would love for the money to go towards that, but we know right now the goal, originally, is just to get the doors open for everyone.”
McNamara says the donations help to show why the Family Peace Center is necessary in our community.
“Both did just an unbelievable job of bringing further awareness of domestic violence and how we, as a community, need to treat our survivors and their children,” he said.
Attendees will have the opportunity to do their Christmas shopping by purchasing gifts from local vendors.