SCCADVASA would like to congratulate Becky Callaham, her staff and Board of Directors on the opening of their third shelter in Oconee County. The Ribbon Cutting celebration, July 8th, was attended by over 400 members of the community including South Carolina Senator Thomas Alexander, the Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, and other members of the Oconee Shelter Campaign Committee. The shelter will be the first of its kind in the county and will provide services to all families in Oconee County. In March of 2013 Safe Harbor launched a capital campaign to raise $990,000 to open a 24-hour emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children in Oconee County. With generous donations from within Oconee County and throughout the Upstate of South Carolina, Safe Harbor was able to raise over $1.3 million dollars for the purchase of a house and 3 years of operational expenses.
Attendees at the celebration were welcomed by John Powell who also co-chaired the Oconee Shelter Campaign Committee, followed by various supporters and advocates for Safe Harbor and their efforts to build a shelter in Oconee County. Jim and Elisabeth Gadd, Oconee Shelter Campaign Committee members, shared a story of a young girl who wanted to help so she donated ten dollars from her lemonade stand. The theme of team and community was prevalent in all of the remarks given throughout the celebration. We think this was best expressed in a quote read by Elisabeth Gadd, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
Congratulations to Safe Harbor and congratulations to the people of Oconee County!
You can view the entire event on Safe Harbor’s Youtube page, here.