Domestic violence is everyone's burden
HCC asks for your help
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Just as domestic violence affects everyone in a community, the
tide can be turned by the generosity of those who support shelters
such as Safe Passage.
Dr. Craig George and staff at Health Centered Chiropractic (HCC),
Versailles, have launched a campaign to support Safe Passage and
they invite others to join them. The shelter is always in need
of toiletries, cleaning items, toys for kids, and pantry items.
For a more specific list of items that are being collected you
can call HCC at 689-3257. They will be collecting these items
until January 12 at 1154 S. Ripley Estate Drive, Versailles.
These items will not only be helpful during the holiday
season, but throughout the year, noted Dr. George, who thanked
the community in advance for their kindness and generosity.
The need is great for the shelter with statistics for the last
fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) being:
41 residential adult clients
52 residential children
343 non-residential clients
760 phone crisis calls
146 in-person crisis counseling
97 court accompaniments
116 support groups offered
173 support group attendees
79 community presentations
1599 presentation attendees
1151 referrals made for community assistance
Those at Safe Passage are grateful for community assistance such
as the HCC group is providing. Last year there were several who
contributed to the program, including Prosecutor Ric Hertel, who
is the board president. His office organizes a walk/run each year
with the proceeds benefiting Safe Passage.
From helping with projects at the shelter to spending time baby-sitting
children whose mothers are in support groups, volunteers are vital
to the success of the facility. To find out more about volunteering,
you can contact Safe Passage at 812-933-1990 for more information.
Donations can also be sent to PO Box 235, Batesville, IN 47006.
You can also get information online at Safepassageinc.org.
While the sad truth remains that domestic violence is prevalent
in our society, the flip side is presented through agencies such
as Safe Passage, who offer help and hope to those in need. The
mission statement of the shelter is, Safe Passage Inc. through
its shelter facility, services, programs and networking will end
the cycle of violence by empowering individuals and families to
attain healthy relationships and personal responsibility.
Those at the shelter work toward that goal and in the meantime
provide a safe haven for those in immediate need. You can call
their toll free number for help at 1-877-733-1990.