For many of us, it’s hard to imagine not feeling safe in our own homes. But in our own community last year, Family Abuse Services, Inc. (FASI) assisted more than 150 women, children and men who felt unsafe because of domestic abuse by providing 1,150 safe nights of housing.
The nonprofit organization receives some funding from the city and county, the Goldring Family Foundation and the United Way.
But more money is needed and here’s where individual donors get their chance to help.
FASI’s biggest fundraiser of the year is 5-10 p.m. Friday at the Capital City Blues and River Festival at the Ward Oates Amphitheatre. The amphitheatre on the river is located at the end of Main Street behind the Kentucky Bar Association building.
Farmers Bank is the presenting sponsor of the event benefiting FASI and featuring the jazz and blues of the “Here for the Party” band. “Toad Strangler” follows with a “unique type of blues” sound.
If the band, “Toad Strangler” is as unique as its poster, it promises to be entertainment at its best. Board member Sheila White, who is helping organize the event said, “This is for such a worthy cause.
Domestic violence is not just about women and we really want to get the word out about that. Grab your folks and come on down to help support FASI.”
There will be barbeque provided by Fall City Smokers, according to White, among other foods to purchase.
“You can bring your own picnic, blanket, chairs and coolers but I’m planning to do it the easy way and eat barbeque!” she said. Fall City Smokers is donating 100 percent of its proceeds to FASI.
“We raised around $8,000 last year, but we had rain. Usually, we raise $9,000-$11,000,” FASI executive director Samuella (Sam) Daum said.
White said there will be silent auction baskets donated by Jim Beam, Kentucky Monthly and Buffalo Trace among others on which concert-goers may bid.
About the agency
FASI’s focus is predominantly domestic abuse victims in Franklin County but also helps those in surrounding counties. “We are the only safe house that works with men, women and children in the surrounding counties as far as we know,” Daum said.
SOLACE is the name of the safe house that FASI operates for clients. White explained the fitting acronym for the letters SOLACE. “It stands for ‘Sanctuary of Love and Caring for Everyone.’”
“We are different than The Sunshine Center, The Women’s Shelter and The Simon House,” White said since FASI deals with victims of domestic violence and elder abuse. The other agencies work with women only or women and children who may have been abused but also may be homeless.
If you or someone you know needs help as the victim of domestic abuse, call the office at 502-229-6116. For immediate assistance, call the 24-hour crisis number at 502-229-9762.
Tables for eight cost $250. Advance individual tickets cost $20. That evening at the gate, single tickets are $25. You can pick up your tickets at any of the Farmers Bank locations in Frankfort, at the Frankfort Tourist Commission or by visiting www.familyabuseservicesinc.org.