For over a decade, Cape Associates, custom builder, property management and painting company based in Eastham, Massachusetts builds full-scale playhouses that are donated to local nonprofits to help raise money for the charities. This year, during the Independence House 40th Commemorative Anniversary, Cape Associates has designed and built a full sized “She-Shed”, naming Independence House the beneficiary to help support survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
The builders, Cape Associates, along with special sponsors, Shepley Wood Products, Delta Painting, Stonewood Products, Jesse Otis, electrician, and Emily Hutchinson of Art by EJ Artistry as well as representatives of Independence House including Executive Director, Lysetta Hurge Putnam; Development Director, Donna Giberti; and Prevention/Outreach/Education Director, Chris Morin attended the ribbon cutting ceremony Monday at Cape Associates office in Eastham.
Michael Bremneour, project manager for the She-Shed and Cape Associates Wood Shop and Design Manager addressed the crowd at the ceremony. Bremneour described an important aspect in the design of the She-Shed. He shared that detailing the key concept of people coming from dark places when they seek assistance from Independence House and how the agency helps to bring these survivors of sexual and domestic violence into a brighter place in their life was a main focus of the design. The shed, he explained, is a sanctuary that may eventually become dark on the exterior due to time and weather, but the interior is bright and uplifting.
Lysetta Hurge-Putnam spoke about the many tens of thousands of survivors of domestic and sexual violence Independence House has assisted over the past 40 years. Lysetta indicated the agency loves what the She-Shed represents, by bringing a sense of safety and feeling of ‘home’ to a survivor, a place where they can walk in, feel good and do something positive . Lysetta also reminded the crowd why the work Independence House does is so important, reflecting on statistics that indicate 1 in 4 women are affected by domestic violence and 1 in 5 men are affected by sexual assault.
With the ribbon cutting ceremony now complete, the She-Shed will make its first official appearance on a float at the Provincetown Carnival Parade on Thursday, August 22nd, followed by a series of special stops across Cape Cod through the months ahead leading to November 16th when the winner of the She-Shed will be picked during the Independence House 40th Commemorative Gala at the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis.
Raffle tickets are on sale and cost $20 of one, $50 for three, or $100 for seven.
To watch the full ribbon cutting ceremony, view a video tour and photo album of the She-Shed, and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win, please visit http://independencehouse.org/she-shed-raffle.