Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency

9 December 2013

As a bedding company, we are placed in a unique situation to be able to provide product that is essential to everyday living. We are overjoyed to be able to help an agency in our local community, one that a few people in our office have ties to.

Capsa is a shelter for women and their children who have been abused. Capsa, Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency, works to provide safe, caring, and confidential shelter, advocacy, and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; and to reduce incidents of abuse through prevention education. Even in a quiet town like Logan, Capsa has more than enough domestic violence situations to keep them busy.

I personally didn’t know much about Capsa, but I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jill Andersen, the executive director of the program, and ask some questions.

Q: If women are in danger, how do they know to find you or receive help?

A: Women find us in a variety of ways: law enforcement, clergy, family, friends, posters posted throughout town.

Q: When women come to your shelter, what things do you provide? (Food and shelter obviously, but do you provide counseling? Medical help?)

A: We provide food, shelter, clothing, quilts and now bedding they can keep, personal care products, and most importantly counseling, advocacy, and just someone to talk with. We can connect them with a lot of resources that will help them create a plan for themselves that they dream of.

Q: What is the best part of your job?

A: The best part of my job is seeing the joy in women’s faces that have achieved results in their lives they never dreamed possible. I am so honored to work with women who demonstrate tremendous strength and courage and can be such an inspiration to others.

Q: What things would you want women in abusive situations to know?

A: That they are not alone. That we will support and advocate for them with any decision they make. That creating a safer more peaceful life is a process and we will walk with them along the way. That we can be there to explain options and resources and help them find their own solutions and answers unique to them. That they have worth and deserve to live a life free of fear.

A beautiful poem accompanies Jill’s emails, one that makes you catch your breath and really illuminates the sisterhood we should feel as women, no matter our walk in life.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers -

That perches in the soul -

And sings the tune without the words -

And never stops -

at all -

Emily Dickinson

Capsa relies on donations and the service of others to run. Visit here if you are interested in finding a way to give to this wonderful agency.