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Victims’ shelter ahead of schedule

by Joyce Hollister

By July 1, Karen Edwards and her staff and the board of directors of the Family Support Council had hoped to raise $150,000 for a proposed victim’s shelter.

Thanks to a supportive community, the fund stands at nearly $157,000.

“We’re doing very well,” said Edwards, who is director of the non-profit agency. “What we’re seeing that, besides groups, businesses and service clubs who are giving us money, we’ve been getting checks from individuals and victims who have used our services in the past. That’s pretty exciting.”

Some $300,000 is needed to develop the shelter, and Edwards’ goal is to complete the fund-raising campaign by July 1, 2000.

“I’m just really thrilled that the community realizes the need and is coming out to donate. I just see that we are actually going to do this, though I never had any doubts,” Edwards said.

“We have one more year, and I think we can do it. We have great support from groups like the Soroptimist International who are doing their part.”

The giant thermometer outside the Family Support Council’s office in the Hussman building on Waterloo Lane was recently painted to reflect the newest donations.

Edwards said that anyone who wants to donate to the shelter fund should be sure to put “shelter fund” on the check memo.

“Many people donate to the Family Support Council,” she explained. “I want to make sure the shelter funds get put in the bank under shelter instead of other programs.”

For information or to donate, call the council at 782-8692.