Turning Point Domestic Violence Services is looking for the public’s help in raising money on Giving Tuesday for a project that keeps clients safe.

The project, called Safety is Key, is hoping to raise money for the organization’s emergency shelter, which is used by clients in need of a safe place to stay. Turning Point supporters Lori and Jerry Cobb will match 1-to-1 up to $25,000 for all gifts made to the program, according to a press release.

The organization has worked with a team of professionals in identifying the immediate need for a safer building entrance.

“It is absolutely imperative that we provide a safe environment for our program participants, volunteers, and staff,” Turning Point President Lisa Shafran said in the press release.

The plan is to add a dual door, two-step security process that ensures the “greatest level of protection,” she said.

Clients awaiting entrance into the shelter are at greater risk to their personal safety, according to the press release.

“While our current entrance to the facility is secure, it does not provide the increased level of security that is needed in today’s climate,” Shafran said. “The level of violence that we’re experiencing is unlike anything we’ve seen to-date.”

Local contractors are working with the organization to design the needed improvements.

Turning Point has been dedicated for almost 50 years to protect clients and their dependents from interpersonal violence. Part of this effort includes the thousands of safe shelter nights the organization provides at the shelter, which serves Shelby, Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson and Johnson counties.

In 2020, Turning Point provided 5,123 nights to adults and children who were in need of a safe place to stay.

Giving Tuesday takes place next week. To provide a donation, visit turningpointdv.org and click on the Giving Tuesday link at the top of the page. The page provides the option of sending donations in the amount of $500, $250, $100, $50, $25 or another amount can be chosen under the “other” option.