PRESTONSBURG – Volunteers gathered at Food City and Super Dollar stores in Floyd, Johnson, and Pike counties to raise money and take donations for Turning Point Domestic Violence Services on Saturday. Turning Point Domestic Violence Services, formerly Sandy Valley Abuse Center, supports women as they try to break the cycle of abuse and raised money through its Shop and Share event.
Turning Point Domestic Violence Services moved to its new location earlier in the year. The facility has 17 beds available for clients, a handicap suite that is wheelchair accessible, kitchen, living area, smoking area, laundry facilities, bathroom and BBT Bank sponsored an outside play area for children staying with their mother. Center workers strive to make the center feel safe, secure and like home for the residents. Residents are given chores and work together to keep the facility neat and clean.
“For many of our residents, this is the first safe stable home they have had in a while, said Turning Point Domestic Violence Director Connie Little. “We want people that may need our services to reach out to us. We are on your side. We work with women so they are able to keep their children. We also have advocates that will accompany individuals to court hearings or any place else they may need to go and want an advocate to go with them.”
Volunteers greeted customers at each location and encouraged shoppers to add one or two extra items to their shopping list to donate to the shelter. Currently, the shelter is in need of diapers, cleaning products, canned goods, soap, shampoo, basically the items every household needs. At the end of the day, volunteers had raised over $3,500 in cash and products.
“I have found myself in a situation where I needed a place to go with my son, but I was lucky and had friends. I have several friends who would have to go to the shelter and having a place like Turning Point is a Godsend for someone, when you are being abused and feel alone,” said Brittany Looney of Prestonsburg.
For more information about Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelters, call (606) 886-6025 or email [email protected]
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.