Saxophonist Ray Rideout, whose jazz quartet is one of the groups performing at this benefit, organized the event and sent in the following article.
On Sunday Oct 20, from 4-8 pm, a Jazz Benefit will be held at the Brink Lounge to raise money for a new shelter being built by Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) on Madison’s East Side. The structure is being built at the site of the former Sears Home Central Service building, across from Webcrafters on Fordem Avenue
Unlike the present DAIS shelter, whose location has always been kept secret, the new one is in a highly secure public location, and as such is actually safer. More and more domestic violence shelters across the country are moving away from confidential facilities and into centrally located public buildings. The move often means shelters get a lot more community support.
The $5.6 million, 56-bed facility will more than double the capacity of DAIS’ current 25-bed shelter, which often has a waiting list, and will expand its other programs. It also will house administrative space and will have enhanced security.
The current shelter is the smallest domestic violence shelter per capita in the state, with one emergency shelter bed per 19,000 people, compared to the state average of 1 bed per 7,500 people.
In 2012, there were more than 8,249 times DAIS was unable to provide a bed to women and children with high safety needs for shelter due to the limited bed space available, up from 213 in 2008.
DAIS is the primary domestic violence program serving Dane County and offers a 24-hour Help Line, legal advocacy, crisis response, support groups, children’s programming, prevention programming, and the county’s only emergency domestic violence shelter.
DAIS has a fundraising goal of $7 million, including operating funds.
(Most of the information above came from articles in the Isthmus Daily Page and the Wisconsin State Journal.)