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To those Secret Santas in our community,

Thank you ! For making Christmas possible for the ladies and families on the Shelter Home “Angel Tree”




Angel Tree Project Girls On the Run Every year the Shelter Home forms an Angel Tree for Christmas. This list consists of the clients that have received our services over the past year. Many of our families have just started over in a new home, and cannot afford to buy very much for their children for Christmas. We develop a list of wants and needs. We then, and an individual, organization, church, or business that will sponsor a family from this Angel Tree list. For the Secret Santa's in our community who partnered with us in making Christmas possible for these ladies and families, Thank You!

“Girls on the Run” group from Dudley Shoals Elementary School visited the Shelter Home as a part of their commitment to community. They brought items to meet the basic needs of ladies and children in the Shelter AND they brought Christmas

The Shelter Home has a new child advocate, Shannon West. She began her job in September when Lori Jarvis resigned. On the day she was interviewed there were eleven children in the Shelter Home proper and eight in the Transitional House. The children ranged in age from 315 years. Shannon does intake interviews with the children and the parent. Some of the problems she has noted are aggressive behavior, especially by boys, and manipulation. On entering the Shelter Home some children have had to change schools which has upset them. Although no one is indentified at school as staying at the Shelter Home, other children usually figure this out when the school bus stops at the Shelter. Older children are frequently embarrassed by this. Shannon has a B.A. degree in Psychology and Child Develop-

ment from Campbell University. However. One of the biggest surprises, and also the most enjoyable aspect of her job, is how much she is constantly learning. She had previously worked in a camp for at-risk children, and her long-range plans have been to be an advocate and/or counselor for such children. During the school year Shannon presents programs in middle schools and high schools in Caldwell County about how to avoid and report abusive relationships. The program is called “Choose Respect” and consists of four sessions. So far she has been able to present the program to Communities in Schools groups in the high schools but hopes to be able to share this with regular classes. Generally the program is well-received by students and teachers. She has found that

presents too! Thank you ladies, for your commitment to making your lives and the our world a better place!

some boys particularly have a mindset that violence is the answer to many problems. West Lenoir and Hudson Middle Schools have allowed her to present “Choose Respect” to most of their classes. She hopes to be permitted to share information with other schools later this year. Shannon would welcome volunteers to help with the children at the Shelter. Parties or outings would be helpful. Volunteering to have a story time for the younger children would be appreciated. Persons with special talents for crafts, painting, music, etc. are invited to share them. Shannon is excited about her new job and has now moved from Cleveland NC to Hudson soon where she has purchased her first home. “Welcome to our community, Shannon!”

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December Newsletter  
December Newsletter  

In this issue we discus the new partnership with DVRC , the Domestic Violence Resource Center of Alexander County. Along with Staff introduc...