The only domestic violence shelter in Rim Country lost some $200,000 in state and federal support, just as the sickly economy has pushed domestic violence and the need for shelter to new highs.
Time Out Shelter staff member Barbara Glinzak knows that such a trend can produce fatal results.
Her own harrowing tale of abuse started when she was 8 and a friend of her father’s started to sexually molest her.
After four years of terror and abuse, she fled her
home at the age of 12. But she sought shelter with a boy six years older than she, who began to abuse her mentally and physically.
She finally escaped that relationship with her current husband.
But to underscore the desperate need women have for a safe place to flee, she recounted her trip to California when her father died. At the cemetery, the abusive boyfriend she had escaped found her — and tried to kill her.
She barely escaped with her life and returned to Arizona, where she had found safety and support at the Time Out Shelter.
Her story highlighted Time Out’s annual meeting on Tuesday, as organizers updated attendees on the shelter’s status and shared stories and statistics on domestic violence.
Since 1993, the organization has offered 5,000 victims of domestic violence a safe haven to escape the immediate threat to their safety with a 28-bed shelter and longer-term transitional housing for up to 10 others.
Unlike many other emergency shelters, Time Out also offers services to break the cycle of violence with counseling, job training, legal advice and a new start.
With chilling statistics gathered from a range of sources, the board and staff illustrated why their work is so important in a PowerPoint presentation:
• One in three women and one in four men suffer from domestic violence, regardless of their socio-economic level, education, age or race. (National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2010)
• In Arizona last year, 103 people died because of their domestic partner. (Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
• 324,000 pregnant women in the United States were battered by their partner last year. (Maternal and Child Health Journal)
• Six out of 10 teenage rapes happen in the teen’s home by someone the teen knows.
(Bureau of Justice)
• Domestic violence causes $5.8 billion dollars per year in medical costs and is the single biggest reason for injury in women aged 15 to 44. (Centers for Disease Control)
In this year’s Annual Payson Police Report, domestic violence calls over 2011 significantly increased, more than any other calls made to authorities. This upsurge in domestic violence caused the community to lean on the Time Out Shelter more than ever, said board chair Sue Yale.
Despite the steady increase in need, Time Out’s funding has decreased, mostly as a result of state and federal budget cuts, said Yale.
“We have lost over $200,000 in the past few years because of state and federal funding declines,” said Yale.
With expenses running close to $1 million, the staff and volunteers of Time Out struggle to find creative ways to keep the shelter running.
Take Charlotte Beilgard. She has managed the Time Out Thrift Store for the last five years.
The thrift store consistently brings in more than $10,000 per month to help cover the costs of running the organization, from staff salaries, to supplies and utilities, but even the thrift store has seen donations drop.
“People are holding onto things more,” said Beilgard. “We used to regularly receive furniture sets we could quickly sell for $200.”
Beilgard started in retail at 16 when she worked for the local Sears and Roebuck in Beaumont, Texas. There she learned the value of quality.
For the past two years, the shop, one of many in Payson, has won the Best of Rim Country award for the best thrift store in town.
“Every thrift shop has their claim to fame,” said Beilgard, “Ours is ‘Be the best of the best.’ We only put out the best of what we receive.”
Always believing there is enough for everyone, Beilgard finds ways to keep the flow going. If she doesn’t think she can sell an article of clothing through the Time Out Thrift Shop, she will donate it to the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization or to the Mountain Bible Church to use on one of their missions.
If the store receives a donation of building supplies, Beilgard donates those larger items to the Restore run by Habitat for Humanity.
To help those living in the shelter that don’t have enough clothes, Beilgard and the thrift store gives residents a $20 voucher to buy what they need for themselves and their children.
“Sometimes, victims come to the shelter wearing only their pajamas,” said Yale during her presentation, “Their children just have slippers for shoes.”
When Beilgard receives a donation of bedding or towels, she will donate a portion to the shelter which needs these items on a regular basis.
“I believe in the flow finding the people of the community,” said Beilgard.
Besides the thrift shop, the board and staff of Time Out have partnered with Chili’s restaurant and Compass Bank.
“Chili’s ‘Time Out Tuesdays’ bring in about $50 per month, but that’s another $50 to help us out,” said Yale.
If a supporter opens a bank account at Compass, the bank donates $50 to Time Out. After that, Compass donates a percentage based on the transactions the customer makes to the shelter.
During the meeting, John Wilson, the husband of volunteer Sue Wilson, announced that the Friends of the Town of Payson’s Parks and Recreation Department will donate $800 in vouchers to give the kids in the shelter swimming lessons this summer.
The Rim Country Literacy Program donated books this past year.
At the same time, Time Out also needs human support, said Yale.
The organization needs more board members.
“We’re looking for board members who can do the three A’s, said Yale, “Advocate, be an ambassador, and an asker.”
Despite its challenges, Time Out intends on continuing to aid the Payson community.
“The people we help are not just surviving, but changing,” said Beilgard.