A local church “showered” a nonprofit agency with love and items needed to help keep it operating.


A local church “showered” a nonprofit agency with love and items needed to help keep it operating.





Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Hampstead recently sponsored a “Shelter Shower” to benefit Open Gate, a nonprofit agency that provides shelter and services for victims of domestic violence. Open Gate, located at 2901 Market St. in Wilmington, received a variety of needed items, such as toilet paper, soap, towels, non-perishable food, diapers and more. The shower, sponsored and catered by the church’s outreach ministry, offered attendees a tasty lunch and some information about the ongoing problem of domestic violence in our area.



Some alarming facts: Every 15 seconds a woman is physically assaulted within her home. An estimated three or four million women are battered each year by their husbands or partners. The F.B.I. estimates that one out of two women will be physically abused at some point in their lives by men with whom they live, regardless of race or socioeconomic status.



Merry Whyte, who manages Open Gate’s shelter, told those in attendance that the shelter has often been at its capacity of 23 residents or over capacity during the last nine months. She reported that both men and women can be victims, and that abusers and victims often come from abusive homes themselves. She said she was thrilled with the outpouring of support from church members, stating that the agency depends greatly on volunteers and community donations. For more information on Open Gate or to receive help, call 910-343-0703.



Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is located at 107 Deerfield Road in Hampstead (behind the Port City Java on U.S. 17). Call 910-270-4221 for more information on the church.