There are times I shake my head at some of the human tragedies that surface in our society today.
Drug abuse. Sexual assault. Domestic violence. Child abuse. And that’s the short list.
Just when you think things couldn’t get worse, they do. How do we solve such problems? Education would be a good start.
Possibly more important, though, is taking care of the victims of such tragedies. That’s what Middle Way House has been doing since 1971.
Middle Way House offers a wide range of supportive and empowering services to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, and human trafficking, which includes an emergency shelter; a 24/7 crisis line; on-scene advocacy; transitional and permanent housing solutions; legal advocacy; support groups; and education and prevention programs.
Middle Way House serves six counties in southern Indiana, including Greene, relying on a staff of 70 and a volunteer force of over 300 to provide around-the-clock response to abuse and assault.
Middle Way House is offering an opportunity for Greene Countians to help support what it does and also have a good time.
Middle Way House will host an event called “Eat, Drink, and Make a Difference” on Monday, June 25 at Huckleberry Winery in downtown Linton (190 North Main St.). It’s scheduled for 6 to 8:30 p.m., though you’re encouraged to arrive at 5 to check in and take part in a meet-and-greet with Middle Way House staff and supporters.
The event will raise awareness and funds for the agency.
Hosting an event in Greene County creates the opportunity for Middle Way House to highlight the extensive services provided to survivors from the agency’s Bloomfield location, one of the agency’s three county outreach offices. Access to supportive services in these counties helps mitigate the unique barriers faced by survivors in rural areas.
“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to highlight the extensive outreach efforts of our Greene County advocates,” Debra Morrow, executive director of Middle Way House, said in a press release.
“Because of their availability, Middle Way House has been able to extend support and resources to survivors who otherwise would have been unlikely to have access to our services.”
Tickets for the event are $30 per person in advance ($35 at the door) and include appetizers, a glass of wine, an auction, and live entertainment from Kade Puckett of Linton and Evansville-based pianist Michael Rhymes.
Puckett is a songwriter and a fingerstyle guitarist with 30 years of experience playing music. He’s a third-generation picker with a dedicated love of music, and his musical mastery allows for the innovative meeting of sound and emotion.
Puckett holds the 2013 Indiana Fingerstyle Contest title and his song “Timmy Jo” was chosen as the theme song for WTIU’s show, The Weekly Special.
His musical repertoire includes jazz, rock, country, blues, and funk.
Rhymes is a lifelong virtuoso piano, organ, and keyboard player who has lived in Evansville most of his life. His range of music, skills, and pleasant personality make him a joy to watch and hear play.
His repertoire includes classical, show tunes, pop, as well as a wide range of requests.
To purchase tickets, visit www.MiddleWayHouse.org and click on “Events” or call (812) 333-7404.
In 2017, the Greene County office served around 160 new clients and an average of 15 continuing clients per month. The agency’s three advocates provided these individuals with access to crucial resources, such as crisis intervention and safety planning, legal advocacy (i.e. assistance with family law issues or obtaining a protective order), mobile advocacy, resource referrals, on-scene advocacy, transportation to safe shelter, and more.
For Middle Way House’s free, confidential help and crisis line, call (812) 336-0846. And to learn what all the agency does to help those in our community, visit the website www.MiddleWayHouse.
Chris is the publisher of the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (812) 847-4487.