Leadership Little Traverse and The Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan are working in partnership to a build a new playground at the Women’s Resource Center’s Safe Home.
This playground will have high quality, durable children’s playground equipment. The Safe Home, located in Emmet County, provides a safe and comfortable place for survivors of domestic violence and their children to rebuild their lives. The Safe Home operates around the clock and provides more than 2,500 nights of refuge for survivors of domestic abuse each year. Meals, daily needs, and domestic abuse services are provided to survivors at no charge.
“A new playground will give kids who have experienced traumatic life events the chance to play and be kids again at the Safe Home,” said Audrey Lustgarten, a member of the Leadership Little Traverse Class of 2017.
Leadership Little Traverse is a nine-month program that trains adults in personal leadership growth while raising their understanding of the key facets of the Petoskey and Harbor Springs communities. The program’s stated mission is to inspire and prepare leaders in the Little Traverse Bay region. The program is hosted by the Petoskey Regional and Harbor Springs Area chambers of commerce. Since 2007, each Leadership Little Traverse class has been required to complete a community service project.
This year’s project will oversee the installation of a playground that will have play structures for preschool age children, as well as children 5-12 years of age. It will have swings, smaller playground toys with slides, climbing features and seating for quality family time. The budget for the playground is $15,000 and installation will be completed in May 2017. A safe playground is just one of the ways the Women’s Resource Center helps women and their children impacted by domestic abuse. The addition of this playground will make the Safe Home a complete, safe place for women and their children as they recover from domestic violence and begin to heal.
“Being able to create an environment for children that mimics ‘playing in their own back yard’ during an unsettling and stressful time in the life of a mother and her child or children has long term benefits for the family and the community as a whole,” said Nikki Devitt, a current Leadership Little Traverse participant.
The 2017 Leadership Little Traverse class welcomes donations toward the goal of making this commitment to the community become a reality. For those interested in making a donation, go to www.crowdrise.com/the-playground-project-a-leadership-little-traverse-project-to-benefit-the-womens-resource-center or mail a check made payable to the Women’s Resource Center to the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, Attn: Nikki Devitt, 401 E. Mitchell St., Petoskey, MI 49770.