EL DORADO, Kan. - The Family Life Center-SafeHouse in El Dorado recently received an unexpected boost with a grant from the Monsanto Fund.
They received the money after Dwight and Kate Claassen, of rural Whitewater, selected them to be the grant recipient.
Monsanto serves 1,289 counties in 39 sates. They selected the states and counties based upon the percentage of agriculture. Then, they provide a grant to one farmer in the area.
The Butler County winner was the Claassens.
“It’s mainly a way of recognizing your contribution as a local farmer to the local community,” Claassen said to Dwight.
Farmers have to enroll in the program, and the winner is randomly selected.
Once the Claassens knew they had won, they had to choose a recipient.
Dwight said Monsanto representatives suggested a museum.
“I thought there’s got to be a lot of possibilities in Butler County,” he said.
They did some research online and came up with 30 to 40 possibilities.
He said his wife was instrumental in selecting the SafeHouse.
“We just thought you looked like a worthy cause,” Dwight told Darla Carter, SafeHouse director. “It was a fairly easy decision.”
So the $2,500 check was presented to Carter earlier this week.
“Donations like this help us be able to provide help to women, such as the personal hygiene items, diapers and even be able to pay deposits for women to get into a place or pay back utility bills,” Carter said.
In 2013, the SafeHouse sheltered 71 women and 60 children. They also assisted 141 through court advocacy and 262 through outreach. In addition they presented a program on teen dating violence to 354 high school students in 2013. Last year also saw 452 calls to the hotline, of which 188 were the victim, 221 were for domestic violence, 12 were for sexual assault and five were for stalking.