Last week, Tracy Davis, outreach committee chairperson for Esther House of Stanly County, spoke to the Red Cross Town Council regarding October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Esther House of Stanly County provides safe shelter and other services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. In 2016, Stanly County 911 received 366 calls for service for domestic violence. Davis said Esther House served 129 women and 46 children in 2016. She also said the shelter is currently at capacity and has had to turn victims away due to lack of space. Esther House is looking to renovate and expand the shelter to better serve the community.
To raise domestic violence awareness in our community, Esther House will host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on Saturday, September 16 at the town square in Albemarle. The event is an international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The Albemarle Police Community Night Out event will immediately follow the walk. More information about the event can be found at stanlyestherhouse.weebly.com or walkamileinhershoes.org.
The council approved and signed a proclamation for October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
In other matters:
- The council approved the financial report for the month of August.
- The council approved the renewal of the BlackBoard Connect contract with Stanly County at an annual fee of $306.25 per year for the three year contract. The town uses the BlackBoard Connect system for phone tree notifications.
- The council approved the annual membership with the Convention/Visitors Bureau.
- The council approved the annual membership with the Stanly County Chamber of Commerce.
- Town Administrator Aloma Whitley said there have been several recent requests from citizens regarding White Goods and Bulky Items pickup. The council discussed options for scheduling these pickup dates with Waste Management. Once dates are set, citizens will be notified by a phone tree message.