Helping survivors reach independence: Erin Kimball Foundation names new executive director

ST. GEORGE  Dorothy Engelman has been named the new executive director of the Erin Kimball Foundation board of directors, replacing Sue Kimball, who has retired.

Engelman said she is looking forward to coordinating activities with the Dove Center to provide a cohesive continuum of services to the survivors of domestic violence.

I see cooperating with the Dove Center as being important because Dove specializes in emergency housing for victims fleeing a dangerous situation,” Engelman wrote in an email. “And Erin Kimball provides longer-term transitional housing for them as they become more empowered to take control of their lives.”

Engelman said both organizations provide support groups and emotional and financial assistance.

“I believe a good option is for Dove and Erin Kimball to work together to help our target population,” she said.

Engelman said she believes it is important to be involved in organizations whose missions are to provide women and girls with the skills to care for themselves and become independent.

Many of the survivors we see need the tools to make good financial decisions and get an education,” Engelman said. “I’ve been inspired how Erin Kimball provides a safe place to live while helping our survivors become contributing members of society as they become more secure in their own abilities.” 

When she was in college, Engelman said, a man she was dating slapped her across the face.

“I remember being startled and immediately getting out of the car,” she said. “I decided right then that no one has the right to do that to me. As I continue to learn about and work with domestic violence, that knowledge is at the basis of my actions.”

Engelman, a former educator, moved to Southern Utah six years ago and has since made a name for herself in Southern Utah politics as the former chair of the Washington County Democratic Party.

Engelman belongs to the Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle and the St. George Branch of the American Association of University Women. She additionally serves on the board for Red Rock Center for Independence. 

The mission of the Erin Kimball Foundation is to provide transitional housing and assistance for survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. It was founded by Don and Sue Kimball following the murder of Don Kimball’s daughter Erin and her two sons by her husband.

The Erin Kimball Foundation board of directors includes Angela Thoburn, president; Shannon Anderson, secretary; and Michael Carr, Kristin Williams, Rev. Michael Chamness, Sue Kimball and Ryan Bishop. 

 For assistance, information or to volunteer for the Erin Kimball Foundation, see resources below.

Resources

  • Erin Kimball Foundation | Facebook | Telephone: 435-627-9232
  • Email Dorothy Engelman at dorothy.erinkimball@gmail.com.
  • If you or a loved one is in need of information or resources concerning domestic violence, please call the Dove Center’s 24-hour help line, 435-628-0458
  • Dove Center website | 435-628-1204

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