The new boutique, named Ingle’s Treasures in honor of former Executive Director Patty Ingle, offers women an assortment of new, gently used clothing, handbags, accessories and more.
Women are able to browse the boutique and make purchases using points they've earned based on completion of weekly goals.
"The new boutique gives shelter residents the opportunity to do something that many of us take for granted, which is to shop for things beyond just the basics,” says Lisa Farmer, Executive Director of Harmony House. “They can purchase professional attire, nice casual wear or simply pamper themselves with bath and body products. Because the boutique currency is based on points they've earned, it also instills a sense of accomplishment which helps to build confidence and self-esteem."
According to Harmony House, the shelter has seen steady increases over the last five years in the numbers of people seeking services.
Greene County, MO has the highest rate of domestic violence in the state and domestic violence has been named a red-flag issue in the recent Springfield and Greene County Community Focus Report.
Last year Harmony House sheltered 560 women and children, however, another 1,600 were turned away due to lack of space.
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