Saint Francis Healthcare System is asking residents to “answer the call” and help area women in need. Now through Monday, March 14, the community can donate new or used cellphones to directly benefit The Safe House for Women in Cape Girardeau.
Four cellphone donation barrels are located inside the Medical Center: outside the Chapel of Saint Francis, in the Tuscan Sun Restaurant, in Pastoral Care and in the physician’s lounge. Six other donation barrels are found at various Saint Francis outreach clinics: Charleston Family Care in Charleston, Farmington Physician Associates in Farmington, Jackson Family Care in Jackson, Kneibert Clinic in Poplar Bluff, Piedmont Physician Associates in Piedmont and the Outpatient Center in Dexter.
The Safe House provides shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline services, counseling, court advocacy, intensive case management, referral services and education programs for women who are victims of domestic violence and abuse. All new or used cellphones – accepted with or without chargers – that are donated will be repurposed for women in need at The Safe House. In addition to cellphone refurbishment, The Safe House is competing for a generous $25,000 grant. All non-winning organizations will receive one dollar for every cellphone collected, for a maximum of $1,000.
“The Safe House is such as essential resource for women in our community,” says Debbie Gibson, Manager of Saint Francis’ Volunteer Services and Pastoral Care. “We are honored to do all we can to help, and invite everyone in and around Cape Girardeau to do the same!”
For more information about cellphone donation, please call 573-331-3996.