Tis The Season

Bob Szymkiewicz presents a donation on behalf of the First Ward Community Fund.

Today, after a guided tour, the First Ward Community Fund donated $600.00 to Safe Alliance’s new Clyde and Ethel Dickson Domestic Violence Shelter. The shelter, which is featured in this Charlotte Observer article, is incredible. With 40,000 square feet and 80 beds Safe Alliance will no longer have to turn victims away.

The Community Fund became aware of the facility thanks to Lynn Johnson and Deborah Cox of Savvy + Company. When Deborah learned we were looking for a charity to support she suggested we contact Lynn who is a longtime advocate of Domestic Violence issues.

Al, Lynn Johnson and Carol.

This is a brand new facility where families will be able to remain for up to one year. What a great improvement over the previous 29 bed facility!

Being new means there are still a great many needs. During our tour we saw walls adorned with signs which indicated specific needs. Our donation will used for a new 46 inch TV and Nintendo system in the Teen Room. The room will be a place where children can relax and have fun in a safe environment. This seemed fitting as the Community Fund often helps children.

The new 24 hour call center.

Remember this facility does serious work with serious issues. The call center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The domestic Abuse Hotline can be reached at (704) 332-2513. The  shelter offers a range of domestic violence services including: safety planning, counseling, support groups, case management, child care, legal advocacy, help with addiction issues, life skills training, clothing/furniture assistance.

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