COTR race, APSO helps Harriet’s House

Published 11:24 pm Friday, April 30, 2010

Harriet’s House was able to receive a donation through the Jingle Bell Run at Christmas on the River last December, but the Alabama Power Service Organization also made a donation to the non-profit service last week.

Harriet’s House received $1,110.90 from Christmas on the River through the Chamber of Commerce.

“For the Jingle Bell Run, we donate all of the T-shirts, water and Gatorade so that more profit and money can go towards Harriet’s House,” said APSO member Amy Reynolds. “In the past, the T-shirts were really eating up about half to 75 percent of what they were making, so we started donating those items.”

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The Alabama Power Service Organization is a 501(c)(3) charity that is operated by Alabama Power employees. Its members pay dues and raise funds every year for various local charities, including Relay for Life, Salvation Army and the United Way.

Harriet’s House is a domestic violence program and shelter that serves Marengo, Greene, Sumter, Clarke and Choctaw counties, serving domestic violence victims and their children.

“We do more than just shelter,” said Harriet’s House director Susanna Smith-Naisbett. “We’ve got loads of other services that go along with that: case management, court advocacy, transportation, referral services and support groups .

“Folks do not have to stay in shelter to receive our services. We have more out-of-shelter cli-ents as we do in-shelter.

“We also provide education and awareness,” she said. “If a local social or civic club or Sunday school class or whoever needs a speaker, they can call us. Since we are a non-profit, all of the services we offer are free.

“April was Child Abuse Prevention Month, so if you’ve seen the blue ribbons around town, that’s what they are for.”

Those wanting to make a tax-deductible donation to Harriet’s House, a 501(c)(3) organization, can mail it to: Harriet’s House, P.O. Box 569, Demopolis, AL 36732.

Those needing the services of Harriet’s House should call (334) 289-8988 or the statewide crisis line at 1 800 650-6522. Harriet’s House is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.