The University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall recently partnered with Friendship Home to provide 100 free museum passes as part of a fall membership drive.
For every membership purchased or renewed, Morrill Hall donated two free passes to Friendship Home. Museum members and visitors also had the option to purchase additional passes for donation.
“With October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we thought it fitting to partner this drive with a vital community organization who gives refuge and solace to those who have suffered domestic violence,” said Susan Weller, director of the NU State Museum.
Friendship Home’s mission is to support, shelter and advocate for victims of domestic violence and their children. Its services are available for anyone in the community experiencing physical and/or emotional intimate partner violence. Services are confidential and include a 24-hour crisis line, as well as emergency communal shelter and single-family shelter apartments.
“Domestic violence impacts all family members,” said Nichole Palmer, community outreach coordinator for Friendship Home. “Passes to Morrill Hall will give our families an opportunity to connect as they are rebuilding their lives free from violence.”
Friendship Home is the fourth local organization to receive passes as part of the NU State Museum’s membership program. CEDARS, the Malone Community Center and F Street Community Center received passes as part of the museum’s previous membership drives. The museum plans to support other entities with future membership drives.
“We hope a museum visit will bring some happiness for these families in a time of need, and I thank all those who donated additional admissions,” Weller said.