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SACS preparing new shelter

Friday, November 11, 2011

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Sharp County jail inmate Jason Evans works to repair a bathroom at SACS new shelter in Highland Nov. 3. The shelter will house women and children and SACS offices. Photo/Tammy Curtis
Spring River Adult and Child Services (SACS) recently purchased a home in Highland that will be used to house domestic violence victims and their children. Mary Ann Jagow, SACS volunteer director, said the home is currently being remodeled, and has undergone a lot of changes in preparation for its opening.

The project has been supported by non-profit agencies, as well as utilizing labor assistance from community service workers from the Sharp County Jail.

The workers are non-violent offenders who work in a supervised environment to help pay off fines and court costs. During the week of Nov. 1-4, several workers helped paint, move furniture and repair a bathroom at the shelter.

Jagow's office is completed and SACS is using a few of the rooms until the renovation is completed. Jagow and volunteers are thankful for the assistance provided from the inmates.

Jail Administrator Stan Haney supervised the workers while they were working at the center.

The shelter will house victims of domestic violence in the area and provide a location for offices for those seeking assistance.

Previously, SACS had to send victims to a shelter in Mountain Home or Melbourne, or pay to put them up in a hotel.

The new women's shelter, which will house women and children, features several bedrooms, a central kitchen, a living area and bathrooms. The home was purchased through the donations of churches and local civic groups and individuals.

The organization receives no government funding. Instead, SACS' main fundraising efforts are through its Highland Thrift Store.

Although a definite opening date has not been set, each day workers are inching closer to making the large shelter a reality for the area.



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