Thank you for taking the time to visit this site. This project is very much in the beginning stages but off to a great start with a team of motivated folks ready to get the project done. You are probably asking yourself what is this project and what is Mary's House of Hope?
Mary's House of Hope is a project that was thought of after the tragic murder of Mary Daniels. Mary was murdered on August 3, 2010 at her place of employment. She was found near her vehicle in the parking garage stabbed multiple times. Her estranged husband was convicted November 9,2011 of First Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action and was sentenced to two life terms without parole on December 9,2011.
Mary was 30 years old, and the mother of two children; Lexi (ten years old) and Brody (five years old). She was a warm, loving and dedicated mother, daughter, sister and friend to many.
At the time of her murder, she had a restraining order against her estranged husband and was planning on divorcing him. Mary had lived with domestic abuse for some time leading up to her murder. Like many abused women, she lived with abuse in silence, fear and behind closed doors.
As a way of turning tragedy into something positive, her friends and family have begun to educate themselves and others about domestic abuse. Their hope is that Mary's lIfe and tragic ending will benefit others that find themselves in domestic violent relationships. This education has come with the help of COMTREA.
COMTREA is a non-for-profit community outreach program educating and helping those in the Jefferson County and St. Louis Metropolitan area with issues such as mental health needs, chemical and drug dependencies and abuse. Another division of their services is focused on domestic abuse. They help women and children escape abusive situations and educate the public on these issues. COMTREA has created what is referred to as a "A Safe Place." This is a house established to protect abused women and children until they can get back on their feet.
The staff at COMTREA, along with the help and support from the friends and family of Mary Daniels have determined to turn their grief from this tragedy into triumph and in a positive direction by raising money and awareness for domestic abuse. All proceeds from events, fundraisers and merchandise sold will be used to build another safe house since the house now being used is full and there is always a need for more space for these families. This house will be named "Mary's House of Hope"
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