Story by: Jan Skutch
The Chatham County Family Justice Center on Friday, April 24, received a $10,000 grant from the Landings Landlovers Inc. to assist them in marketing, training and technology upgrades.
The justice center is a nonprofit collaborative of agencies serving victims of domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault in a one-stop shop.
The Landings Landlovers Inc. is a social and philanthropic organization on Skidaway Island for 46 years.
Bonnie Kelly, president, said the group was very pleased to be able to award the grant to the Family Justice Center.
“The Center fills a needed collaborative partnership with other county entities to ensure victims of domestic violence, elder abuse and crimes against children and women get the help they need. Landlovers is proud to be a part of its inauguration.”
“The Landlovers group has been supportive of the Family Justice Center since before we opened the doors,” Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap said for the center. “This grant is a just a continuation of their belief in the importance of the center’s mission. I want to thank Bonnie Kelly and her members for their incredible generosity.”
Laurel Crawford, executive director of the center, said the grant would assist the center in marketing efforts to get the word out to victims, as well as collaborative partners and in fundraisers and community events.
It will also help with training for local agencies, including law enforcement, as police officers are the gate-keepers for clients to receive services, as well as upgrade technology for the center.