Recently, a previous resident returned to Archbold to look over her previous home and decide whether to sell or re-rent. A commercial cleaning crew had been through and the house was sparkling clean and ready to go.
Strangely, she found three pennies during her walk through. Looking over the pennies engraved along the edge with “In God We Trust”, she decided to donate the home to the organization she read about in the newspaper, JJ SafeHouse.
JJ SafeHouse 501(c)(3) was founded in 2015 with a two-fold mission. First, they provide emergency shelter and assistance to domestic violence victims. Secondly, they have been planning a long-term rehabilitation center for 2-3 mothers and their children; a safe location complete with counseling, job and legal services, and 24/7 monitoring.
When they move out, they will be independent, contributing members of society. There currently is no domestic violence shelter in Fulton County, which covers 407 square miles and includes Archbold, Fayette, Delta, Lyons, Metamora, Pettisville, Swanton, and Wauseon. JJ SafeHouse has received a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.
Women trying to leave an abusive relationship have many obstacles. Jennifer Panczyszyn, founder of JJ SafeHouse, and her board of directors do not want one of those obstacles to be that there is no place to go. JJ SafeHouse plans to open three rehabilitation homes across Fulton County in the coming years.
When members of JJ SafeHouse board of directors toured the Archbold house, they found seven more pennies to wish them luck.
The closing on the house is planned for Friday. A ribbon cutting will be held in the fall.
You can get more information or contribute on the www.JJSafeHouse.com website, call 419-402-5060 for help or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations are tax-deductible and can be sent to JJ SafeHouse, PO Box 1471, Maumee, OH 43537.