ACCESS to hold open house at Marshalltown library


Community members are welcomed to an Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support (ACCESS) open house next week.

Agency officials will attend the open house set for 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Marshalltown Public Library, 105 W. Boone St., and refreshments will be offered. ACCESS offers services to sexual assault and domestic violence survivors.

“The purpose of the open house is to intro our new director and also just to give everybody a chance to meet us and hear about what we do, what services we offer (and) volunteer opportunities,” said ACCESS Domestic Violence Services Coordinator Sue Tufte, who serves Marshall and Tama counties.

ACCESS Executive Director Tess Cody took the position earlier this year. The agency is based in Ames and covers Boone, Greene, Marshall, Story and Tama counties.

“We provide free counseling. I also go to court hearings with people, I assist with getting restraining orders, we go with them to do law enforcement reports,” Tufte said of services she provides to domestic violence survivors.

She said sexual assault victims can get the same services at ACCESS. The agency also provides, housing, shelter for victims and a 24-hour abuse hotline, as well as the “Seeking Safety” trauma support program with inmates at the Marshall County Jail.

ACCESS officials also speak to community groups about topics around domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Tufte said the open house will be a good opportunity “just to get the word out there about what we do and how we can help and how the community can even help in situations.”

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