CHIPLEY — The Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force will be holding a co-ed softball tournament at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 15 to raise money to build a shelter for battered women and their children.
“We’re raising money because there isn’t a shelter within a hundred miles for a woman and her children to escape an abusive relationship,” said Missy Sword Lee, Family Intervention Program Supervisor with Habilitative Services of Northwest Florida. “It’s bad enough that they’ve found themselves in a harmful relationship, they don’t need to pack up their things, quit their jobs, pull their kids out of school and have to move all the way to Panama City to find assistance.”
At the softball tournament there will be a concession stand hamburgers and hotdogs, which will be cooked by Community South Credit Union, and t-shirts for sell for $15.
“It’s amazing the support that has been given by the community,” said Lee. “We’ve already sold quite a few t-shirts.”
She said they were also looking for volunteer scorekeepers and umpires.
“All our volunteers will get a free lunch,” said Lee.
The Washington-Holmes Domestic Violence Task Force holds a regular meeting the second Thursday of every month, alternating between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Washington-Holmes Technical Center.
“This month it will be held at 12 p.m. at Patillo's restaurant in the middle of the WHTC campus and a free lunch will be served,” she said. “Next month we will meet at 6 p.m. at the Student Commons.”
In September they will visit Washington and Holmes County’s Board of County Commissioners with a proclamation acknowledging September as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
In October they will hold a walk/vigil and a concert in memory of loved ones who have been affected by domestic violence.
Lee also said that she is looking for anyone who would donate their house or facility as a shelter, explaining that they could receive no state funding until the shelter was successfully up and running for one year.
“We’re a 501(c)3 not for profit organization and any donation is tax deductible,” said Lee. “If there was someone that could be so kind as to donate their empty home for a shelter it would be a tremendous blessing.”
For more information contact Lee at 850-596-3288.