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Garage completion at shelter to become reality

By Portia Williams

September 22, 2013

Portia Williams


PDT Staff Writer


The Southern Ohio Domestic Violence shelter has received $400 donation to complete their garage installation project.


According to Yvonne Lyon, co-Director of the Southern Ohio Domestic Violence Shelter, they received a donation from the Wild Outside Clover Buds 4-H Club.


“We have been dreaming of completing the garage since the completion of our new building in 2011. We just did not have sufficient funds to get it done,” Lyon said.


According to Lyons, The Wild Outside Clover Bud 4 Club members collected items to donate to the shelter such as clothing and toys for the residents as the shelter.


Lyon said while giving the WOCB 4-H group a tour of the shelter, that one of the group leaders asked Lyon if the shelter had any special needs.


“Mrs. Buckler asked if the shelter had any special needs that they could help with. It was then that I shared our dream of insulating and finishing the garage,” Lyon said.


Lyon said the shelter hoped to insulate, put up drywall, shelving and racks for client supply storage.


“Our crisis workers sort and count donations in the garage, which is very hot in the summer and cold in the winter. We are very excited to have the garage insulated before this winter. We are blessed to receive many donations from our generous community,” Lyon said.


Lyon said individual groups and churches provide the means to feed their sheltered clients, and to assist them in achieving a new life free from violence.


“It is especially noteworthy when a group conducts a special fundraiser on our behalf. We have received support from other sources such a Minford Schools, and the Portsmouth Motorcycle Club,” Lyon said.


According to Lyon, the shelter will soon be accepting applications for Christmas assistance for their clients and has been successful each year in that capacity.


“We simply cannot adequately express our gratitude for this help to improve family life here in Scioto County,” Lyon said.


For more information about the Southern Ohio Domestic Violence Shelter, call 740-456-8217. Donations also may be brought to the SODVS located at 2315 Grant Street in Portsmouth.


Portia Williams may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286 or portiawilliams@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Portia on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.