iCare event puts spotlight on abuse in the Ozarks

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Harmony House is Springfield's only domestic violence shelter and they are almost constantly running at capacity.

Last year, Harmony House had to turn away almost 2,000 domestic violence victims because the shelter was too full.

With so many victims looking to leave and seek help, it is no longer a secret how many people are affected by domestic violence in the Ozarks.

Today, area sponsors are displaying black eye stickers and showing that they care.

At Martino Training Systems on S. National, clients are working out while wearing the stickers. The owners are also raffling off a one night stay at the Ramada Oasis, with all proceeds benefiting Harmony House. Anyone is welcome to stop by the gym, have a free work out and donate to Harmony House.

At the Vecino Group on Commercial Street, a garage sale will also raise funds for the domestic violence shelter. The Vecino Group participated in last year's iCare event and wanted to step up again this year.

"It has touched my heart, it has touched the company's heart and our company is about giving back to the community, so we try to do that in any way we can and Harmony House is a great cause for that," said Tim Roth.

The garage sale runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 305 W. Commercial St.

For more information on Harmony House and the services they provide, visit https://www.myharmonyhouse.org/