OSKALOOSA — Crisis Intervention Services hosted its 14th annual charity event at Harvest Point Golf Course Saturday.
Participants gathered to play 18 holes of golf for a good cause — to support Crisis Intervention Services. CIS is a non-profit organization that has served community for more than 20 years.
“We have an outreach program along with a 24-bed shelter in Oskaloosa. Two years ago, we serviced Mahaska County, Marion, Keokuk and Lucas counties. ... Because our money is federal grant money, the states’ attorney general’s office distributes those funds into six districts,” said Sue Larvick, board chair for Crisis Intervention Services.
Larvick opened by welcoming everyone to the event.
“Thank you for participating in our golf tournament. We are truly blessed with all the sponsors we have and to make this a good fundraiser for you all,” Larvick said.
She added by talking about Crisis Intervention Services.
“Two years ago, our area covered four counties for sexual and domestic abuse. We are now up to 12 counties. So this is very important to help keep our services going at our shelters here in Oskaloosa,” she said.
In addition, there is also a crisis hotline that individuals that are in abusive situations can call. The organization works in collaboration with the district attorney’s office.
“We do education in schools to teach boys and girls that ‘no means no,’” Larvick said.
She added that she teaches classes at the college level to discuss ways to avoid and detect violent and abusive situations whether mentally or physically. Statistics indicate that one out of every four women are in a violent situation. However, Larvick made it clear that this is not only limited to just women.
In terms of how the revenue is structured for CIS, it is provided by state, federal, private grants and general fundraising.