An entire new playground plus patio and garden areas were recently dedicated at a domestic violence shelter for women and children, run by A Better Way.
Soroptimist International of Apple Valley (SIAV) obtained a “Field of Dreams” grant from Soroptimist International of the Americas to help pay for the project. They also found donors, and worked with the shelter team to get the playground built.
Local dignitaries, including the mayors of Apple Valley, Victorville and Hesperia, County Supervisor Lovingood, and Congressman Paul Cook’s staff, were present at the dedication.
The project included playground equipment, toys, construction of a basketball court, a paved patio area, walkways, and a garden plot, mulched and ready for planting.
Local business representatives, Soroptimist members, and other attendees brought playground warming gifts. Scott Kubicek of Walmart presented a $500 check to A Better Way. An Oak Tree was planted to symbolize love and strength. Some attendees toured the shelter.
Shelter staff prepared memory books for SIAV and the contractor, with photos of milestones and expressions from shelter residents and staff about how the playground has touched them.
To learn more about A Better Way call their outreach office at (760) 955-8010. If you are in need of shelter or assistance, A Better Way’s hotline is available 24 hours a day, call 760-955-8723.