Artisans, craftsmen and authors gathered at the Maryville Chiropractic Clinic to raise money to help woman and children who depend on Haven House domestic violence shelter.
The Oct. 23 event was held at Maryville Chiropractic just off East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville. Lauri Halterman signed copies of her book of poetry, “Alaurilee: Rhymes of a Random Soul,” while Deborah Grace Staley, who writes romance novels based in Tennessee, also signed copies of her books, Haven House outreach coordinator Erin Hampton said.
The outreach coordinator said there were a variety of activities throughout the day. “They had a blacksmith doing demonstrations and vendors made items out of recycled materials. One lady used recycled bottles for candle holders, and there was someone who made ornaments out of recycled materials,” Hampton said. “One vendor made paper mache items that looked like carved wood.”
Hampton said there were also domestic violence survivors on hand who showcased their artwork. “It didn’t have to necessarily be made out of recycle materials,” she said.
Hampton said Linda Gadali with Maryville Chiropractic organized the event as a way to help domestic violence shelters.
Haven House is a nonprofit organization in Maryville dedicated to providing support to victims and survivors of domestic violence and education to the community with the hope of preventing future abuse.
Haven House is a nonprofit organization that provides services related to domestic violence to Blount and Monroe Counties. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, 30-day emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their children that provides clothing, personal items and food, court advocacy, adult victims support group, children’s support group, prevention programs for children and teens, counseling, referrals to other organizations and agencies, case management, outreach services and community education on domestic violence issues.