Haven House celebrates 25 years of giving shelter from violence

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For 25 years, women who are victims of domestic violence have had a place to come to for support, assistance and hope. Haven House recently celebrated a quarter century of helping in Blount County.

The first -ever A Cup of Kindness luncheon was held on May 11 at Ruby Tuesday lodge. The event was a fundraiser and the $30 cover charge went to Haven House. Speakers shared their stories of victory over domestic violence, and guests also enjoyed fine music and a silent auction.

Supporters talked about the shelter, and how, for as long as it has been open, Haven House "has helped women of all ages and from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds," said supporters. Often the individual women come with their children and sometimes they come unprepared and without even a change of clothes. The shelter helps them with neccessitated and then seeks to help them regain their self-respect.

The shelter was opened using money raised in part by then former Gov. Lamar Alexander. He and his wife, Honey, helped raised money to support the facility. The shelter is a United Way agency and also operates using funds from three federal
grants administered by the state For information about Haven House, contact 865-983-6818.

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