Power of the Purse

The desire to help was immediate when the women of the Power of the Purse giving circle learned that the Domestic Violence Crisis Center’s new campus was to include a playroom for children from affected homes.

The Minot Area Community Foundation’s Power of the Purse awarded more than $40,000 to the crisis center to assist in rebuilding the facility following the 2011 flood. The funds were used to build a children’s playroom in the center’s headquarters.

Members of the giving circle gathered at the center Monday to dedicate the bright, teddy bear-decorated playroom.

Gina Blasing, president of Power of the Purse, said the group plans to have a festive mural painted on the wall. An artist is being sought to paint the mural. Artists can contact the MACF if interested in assisting with the project.

Dena Filler, executive director of the crisis center, said the shelter served 169 children last year.

“In our old shelter, there was never a place for them to go and play and just have some down time,” Filler said. “They have a lot of tragedy in their lives and they need a place like this.”

Blasing said Power of the Purse members were drawn to the playroom idea when they were introduced to the crisis center’s rebuilding efforts.

“We agreed wholeheartedly that this room was a project for us,” she said. “We are hopeful of this room becoming a safe place for the children who are at this shelter. They are going through a very, very traumatic situation. We want them to come into this room, play, enjoy themselves, make a few friends and be happy kids again.”

Fern Olson, a member of Power of the Purse, has been making blankets that will be given to the children.

Power of the Purse has given more than $160,000 to community projects since established in 2007 to support programs and initiatives that benefit women and children of the Minot area. It falls under the umbrella of the MACF, which works with groups that wish to establish funds to benefit charitable causes.