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Crisis Center hosts 5K run and 1 mile walk as fund-raiser

By Rodnita Simmons

On Feb. 17, the Crisis Center of Russell County will host the Polar Bear 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk. The Crisis Center is a shelter for domestic violence victims and has a rape crisis hotline. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about domestic violence and the proceeds will go toward the non-profit organization.

“We are a non-profit organization, so the monies raised will allow the shelter to continue housing victims of domestic violence and their families,”said Janie Potts, community educator for the Crisis Center. “We house people free of charge, we give them a safe place to stay, we feed them, transport them when needed, we supply clothing, we are court advocates, medical advocates and generally help them get back on their feet again with loving support. The Crisis Center of Russell County has the best staff working for the shelter and office. We couldn’t do what we do without a great executive director and staff, and of course, the community.”

The center has been established for more than 25 years, but expanded in 2015 to support more families and plans to continue expanding to meet the demands of the community.

The experience of reporting and coping with domestic violence and sexual assault is often harrowing, but victims can find aid at the Crisis Center, the organization’s Web site says.

The center not only helps victims get back on their feet after the crime, but also provides education and counseling to prevent violence. The hotline is available 24/7. The organization’s mission is to let victims know that they are not alone and they are not to blame.

Attendees of the event will see the color purple everywhere because it is the ribbon color for domestic violence awareness. The race is open to runners and walkers alike with $20 registration for runners and $15 for walkers. The race will begin and end at Garrett-Harrison Stadium. The event will include various community vendors. After the race, awards will be given to participants and they will receive a complimentary margarita at El Vaquero.

On April 7, the Crisis Center will host the Purple Ribbon Poker Run and will have a golf tournament in May. More information will be available as the events draw near.