The mission for the ten year old Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach is to provide a refuge for those who are weary, confused, afraid, depressed, angry, bound-up and otherwise not free. Known as the House of New Beginnings, the Women’s Refuge offers hope and a home to women whose lives are falling apart. Joan Busch, one of ten star dancers in this season’s 6th Annual Dancing with Vero’s Stars, benefiting the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition and Riverside Theatre, is a strong supporter of the non-profit, located near the downtown sector of Vero Beach.

“The Women’s Refuge is a sanctuary for women who are at the end of their human survival skills…emotionally, spiritually and with identity problems seeking assistance,” shares Ms. Busch.  “Their ability to identify and educate is amazing.  They offer residential programs, groups, and one-on-one non-residential disciplining/mentoring programs.  After accidentally hearing about them, I felt it was one of my causes to help them, and I try to help as needed.”

While Ms. Busch reaches out to the Women’s Refuge, so she does for the IRC Healthy Start Coalition, in her capacity as one of the star dancers. Tickets for Dancing with Vero’s Stars, to be held at Riverside Theatre on Saturday evening May 10, are going quickly at $200 for Exclusive seating and $150 for Premium seating. They may be purchased by visiting the Riverside Theatre Box Office in person, calling the Riverside Theatre Box Office directly at 772-231-6990, or visit

The mission of the Indian River County Healthy Start Coalition is to offer a broad spectrum of programs to assure every pregnant woman and their young children receive necessary healthcare and support services. Their Vision is to have the healthiest babies born in the State of Florida, and their passion in helping mothers and their infants is the foundation of everything they do.

For more information on dancer Joan Busch or the Healthy Start Coalition call 563-9118. For more information on the Women’s Refuge of Vero Beach call 770-4424 or visit their website