Desert Sanctuary open house Wednesday
Annual candlelight vigil, walk Oct. 5
BARSTOW • Desert Sanctuary is hosting an open house mixer on Wednesday to help raise community awareness about the domestic abuse shelter.
Peggi Fries, the executive director of Desert Sanctuary, said she recently had a conversation with a close friend who was unaware of the services the Haley House provides for the community. That prompted Fries to partner with the Barstow Area Chamber of Commerce to set up the open house.
“She’s been a good friend for quite some time, and if she didn’t know about the services we provide, I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that are unaware also,” Fries said. “It’s domestic violence awareness month, so we’re going off that. We’re going to showcase what we do and have the doors open in the various buildings here.”
The Haley House offers support group, classes and meetings for domestic violence victims and their children and also a thrift shop, providing low-cost clothing and other items for the shelter’s clients. Various other programs for children are also provided at the shelter.
The mixer will take place at Desert Sanctuary at 703 East Main Street, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Desert Sanctuary is also inviting the public to join them for their annual candlelight vigil and walk Oct. 5. The walk will start at the Barstow Court House at 225 East Mountain View and end at the Desert Sanctuary offices.
Fries said there will be several speakers from throughout the community who will share some of their experiences and there will also be musical entertainment.
The event will also be dedicated to Patt Rees, who recently passed away and offered many years of service to the Haley House.
“Patt was a professional photographer and she brought a green screen and took photos of families here and was one of the greatest self-esteem boosters you could think of,” Fries said. “She was a big part of our program and she is deeply missed. So our ceremony will be dedicated in her honor.”
For more information about the events, call Desert Sanctuary at 760-256-3733.
Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or JQuintero@DesertDispatch.com.