As Cache Valley’s CAPSA organization — Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse — has grown over the decades, so has the need for its services, according to the current Executive Director Jill Anderson.
“As the population grows and more folks move into our community there are more who understand what services are available and we are getting more people coming in requesting help.”
CAPSA provides safe, caring and confidential shelter and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
“We can shelter up to 32 individuals at one time,” said Anderson. “Our shelter is really home-like. People feel safe here. We are typically pretty full most of the time.”
Families housed there may stay for up to 30 days.
“It is pretty incredible what women can accomplish in those 30 days. You can imagine trying to find housing, daycare and a job, all of that in 30 days. We work with them every single day trying to help them come up with a plan.”
Anderson said funds to keep CAPSA operating come from a variety of sources.
“We do a lot of competitive grant writing to federal and state sources. We do a lot of individual fund raising events in the community to bring in the funds to support these programs.”
CAPSA has two such events scheduled for this weekend.
“We started ‘Take Back the Night’, a 5K run and one-mile walk for families a couple of years ago. Last year it was our biggest year, we had over 300 runners. It really is an event that helps raise awareness about the need for services and what services are available.
“It is coming up Friday night starting at the Logan Aquatic Center with check-in at 6 p.m. We are really excited about it this year. We have a lot of new features this year with some bands playing, a food truck, plus we will have ice cream.”
Anderson said officials at the Logan Golf and Country Club invited CAPSA to stage a 5K run this year, and it will be Saturday morning at 9:30, with check-in at 8:30 at the country club.
Registration for both events is available at capsa5k.org.