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We're Open Colorado: Moving company offers free moves to victims of domestic violence

Posted at 5:36 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 11:46:57-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — There's no arguing that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed a massive portion of our daily lives.

In the midst of these changes, many local businesses are finding ways to overcome and adapt to keep their doors open, while at the same time, help those around them.

Similarly, businesses hit hard are reporting a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.

This outpouring reminding all of us that while this global epidemic has changed so much, it HASN'T changed people's desire for community.

This is We're Open Colorado, a segment dedicated to highlighting local businesses that are still open and finding unique ways to serve the community.

With all of this in mind, let's take a look at College Hunks Hauling Junk & Moving which is working to provide moving assistance to victims of abusive living situations.

When the Covid crisis hit, CHHJM discussed how it can help people in difficult situations as a result. Concern and compassion immediately went to the unintended negative consequences that the stay-at-home orders could be creating for people. This could cause individuals to be trapped in very dangerous situations, such as childhood hunger (by not getting access to school lunches) and also domestic violence as people are now trapped with their abusers with no outlet.
Nick Friedman, Co-founder of CHHJM

The Colorado Springs branch of the company is taking part in this company-wide initiative, offering four free moves a month.

According to a release from the company, "A certified domestic violence shelter will need to approve any victims requesting a free move (to ensure that the victim is supported throughout the entire transition, and for the safety of our team and the victim to ensure local law enforcement is involved if need be)."

Anyone finding themselves in a situation involving domestic violence should first contact law enforcement.

CHHJM will coordinate with certified shelters to do what they can to ensure that those that need help with moving, receive it.

"We have the move trucks," commented Victor Godinez, general manager of the Colorado Springs branch of CHHJM, why not use them? Why not help people through this situation that's going on right now?"

"We just want to help them get a fresh start, out of a horrible situation and let them know that there are people out here to help," finished Jarrod Brooks, the local move coordinator.

If you know of a business that is working to find innovative ways to keep operating while also working to help the community, email us at news@koaa.com.