Cape Cod Shelter Officials Seeking New Leadership

KA_Falmouth_Benefit Women's Shelter Jeans and Jewels_fundraiser_Seacrest_031916_220FALMOUTH – The Cape Cod Shelter and Domestic Violence Services continues to look for a new executive director after the abrupt departure of Diane Pratt last week.

Pratt resigned on Tuesday, according to Kevin Klauer II, a Falmouth lawyer and member of the organization’s board of directors. No reason has been given for her resignation. Pratt has retained an attorney.

Klauer said he was “sorry they lost her,” in reference to Pratt.

Pratt marks the most recent departure from the organization. Board member and Falmouth Police Chief Ed Dunne and Erin Baumgaertel, the shelter’s manager, also resigned, according to Klauer.

Pratt appeared earlier this month at an annual domestic violence candlelight vigil event in Falmouth. Pratt spoke at the October 14 event, which was put on by the organization.

The Cape Cod Shelter and Domestic Violence Services is the only 24/7 domestic violence shelter serving the Cape and the Islands.

The organization finalized a deal in April purchasing a $1.2 million, 10-bedroom home in Falmouth to serve as a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their families. The new home replaces a 4-bedroom shelter the organization previously operated.

Before the purchase, officials said they had to turn away up to 60 families in need of shelter a month due to a lack of available space.

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