Caring Connections domestic violence shelter to benefit from giveback night


A giveback night for the Caring Connection Empowerment Center will be held next month at Plank’s Tavern in St. Joseph.

Amanda Hirsch with the Caring Connection Auxiliary tells us the Caring Connection Empowerment Center, formerly known as the Cora Lamping Center, is a domestic violence shelter that helps families escape abuse.

The Empowerment Center itself is a place where women and children in transition out of domestic violence situations are able to find a safe space to begin to rebuild,” Hirsch said.

The center provides women and their children with legal services, counselling, support groups, and safety while they seek a better life.

Hirsch says Plank’s will donate 50% of their proceeds from food sales to the Caring Connection Empowerment Center the night of March 10.

“Just show up and join us at Planks for dinner between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. that night and you can either eat in with your friends or you can get takeout, if you prefer, to take home to your family.”

Reservations are required. You can make them by calling Plank’s.

The Caring Connection Empowerment Center gets around 75 to 100 calls per month and is often full. It costs around $800,000 per year to run. Some women stay there for as long as 90 days. So, they could use the support of the community to continue offering services.