In recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, People’s Place will hold its first annual 5K Run/Walk against domestic violence, Race 2 b Safe, on Saturday, October 6, at Killen’s Pond State Park in Felton. All funds raised at this event will support People’s Place’s domestic violence programs in Kent and Sussex Counties.
“We are hoping that over time it will become a huge success and get people to start talking more openly about domestic violence,” stated Marcey Rezac, Program Director for People’s Place. “It would surprise people to know the amount and frequency of domestic violence that occurs in our community.”
People’s Place began in 1972 by a group of concerned Milford residents who established a volunteer run drop-in center for youth. Over forty years later, People’s Place now has 11 programs and more than 15 locations throughout Delaware, serving approximately 9,000 Delawareans each year and employing 175 full- and part-time staff.
Today, People’s Place programs offers varied and much needed social and mental health services to Kent and Sussex County residents and surrounding communities. The non-profit organization is dedicated to becoming the agency of choice to “help people find their path to growth and independence”. To this end, they identify the social and mental health needs of Delaware residents and facilitate the provision of services to address those needs.
The dedicated and highly-qualified staff of nearly 180 people assists the residents of the communities where they are located by providing high-quality services that promote dignity, empowerment, independence, safety, self-esteem and self-sufficiency. With three shelters supporting homeless veterans, domestic abuse victims and foster children, People’s Place is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
“We as service providers our overrun,” commented Ms. Rezac. “All of our shelters have been consistently full for the last three years and last year we had over 1,300 hotline calls.”
Registration for the Race 2 b Safe 5k begins at 8 am on Saturday, October 6 with the race beginning at 9 am. The pre-registration fee is $20 by October 2 and $25 thereafter and on race day. To register, individuals can visit www.peoplesplace2.com/events or call 302-422-8033.
“We know that intervening with domestic violence takes an entire committed community,” stated Ms. Rezac. “All funds raised at this event will support our SAFE and Abriendo Puertas,Opening Doors, Domestic Violence programs in Kent and Sussex Counties.”