Six families are opening up their homes for the annual New Horizons Crisis Center Home Show Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7.
“The home show is a win-win situation,” said Misty Marr, victim advocate for New Horizons Crisis Center. “All of the money raised helps people who need it.”
Each year the crisis center hosts the home show. Volunteers from the community spend hours decorating, cleaning and prepping their homes for a stream of visitors during the two-day event.
“The homeowners are so awesome to be willing to open up their homes to us,” Marr said.
The homeowners do all of the decorating on their own, and receive no compensation for their efforts — meaning that 100 percent of the proceeds go back into New Horizons’ programs.
The home show is the crisis center’s largest fundraiser of the year, and the infusion of cash it generates hits at just the right time, according to Marr.
“It helps with Christmas and with other expenses throughout the year,” Marr said.
Those who have volunteered to have their homes featured in this year’s event include Kyle and Becky Hunt, 51 East 300 North, Salina; Zach and Taylor Cropper, 115 South 200 West, Central Valley; Clay and Randa Morgan, 472 West 2300 South, Richfield; Donald and Desiree Burgess, 745 West 350 North, Salina; Hamini and Paige Wolfgram, 390 North 600 West, Richfield; and Todd and Kim Smith, 459 West 500 North, Richfield.
“We wouldn’t have a home show without these homeowners,” Marr said. “They don’t get anything in return. It’s absolutely incredible that they will do this just to help others. It’s really what Christmas is all about.”
New Horizons provides services to Sevier, Wayne, Piute, Sanpete and Millard counties.
Services include providing shelter to those in domestic crisis and the homeless. The center also provides advocacy for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, including help with filing protective orders and legal clinics.
Parenting and sexual assault prevention classes and support groups are also run through the crisis center.
While the issues the crisis center deals with are not fun, the home show itself has become a holiday tradition for many people in the region.
For more information about New Horizons, call (435) 896-9294. Tickets can be purchased for $10 each at the crisis center, Lin’s Fresh Market, Barrett’s, JJWD, Knights Interior and The Diamond Store.