The YWCA "Women in Jeopardy" program doesn't provide luxury homes for the women it helps, but the Deer Valley Luxury Home Tour provides the YWCA battered women's shelter with much-needed funds. In addition to the YWCA, the tour will donate some of its proceeds to the Peace House of Summit County and the Park City Board of Education Foundation Scholarship program.
The Peace House of Summit County is a shelter affiliated with the Domestic Peace Task Force and provides a safe haven and a variety of resources for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. It provides families with food, clothing and a safe enviornment for families while assessing their needs and referring them to appropriate community resources. The shelter also offers counseling, safety planning and education.The YWCA Battered Women's Shelter, located in Salt Lake City, provides housing and basic necessities to up to 50 women and children at the same time for up to 30 days. Among the services provided are referrals for legal services, employment and medical care. The shelter also provides low-income housing for up to two years after families leave the shelter. Last year, the home tour provided the YWCA with $11,000 of the $500,000 it counts on from charitable contributions.
Because of their size, design, amenities and location, the homes on the tour are some of the most beautiful in Utah. The owners, many of whom live there part time, have donated the homes for a day.
"We believe in the women here," said Molly Dumas, assistant director of the Utah YWCA. "While the first goal is self-sufficiency, the women here have the potential to eventually own a luxury home, and we encourage them to aim that high."
The tour will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 15. To purchase tickets, call the Board of Realtors at (435) 649-8736 or walk into The Canyons Discovery Gallery at The Canyons resort.