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New Shelter, New Leader for PADV

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Judge Daphne Walker, PADV president and CEO
Judge Daphne Walker, PADV president and CEO

“Miraculous” Community Support for Facility

With new leadership and the opening of the state”s largest domestic violence shelter, it”s been an important year for Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV).

Contributors to the nonprofit organization”s capital campaign made a big impact, said volunteer Theresa Bullock. Having raised $4.42 million to ensure the building”s completion, Bullock said the campaign “went extremely well. We expected to meet the goals we set but we actually exceeded them. We were very pleased and humbled to be able to do that. The amount of support from the community was miraculous.”

The facility opened Feb. 20 following a capital campaign to renovate and beautify the formerly empty space.

In its 2013 Fiscal Year alone, the shelter has helped 314 individuals for a total of 10,443 “bed nights” and served 31,329 meals. The numbers will continue to grow, thanks to the fundraising efforts. Bullock and Sandra Strickland served as co-chairs for the campaign, which rallied supporters of PADV, the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization in Georgia.

The organization named Judge Daphne Walker as its new president and CEO, in August. Throughout her 15-year legal career, Walker has served her community through advocacy and the provision of services for victims of intimate partner violence.

With October designated as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, there”s no better time to donate to the cause, Bullock said. “We still need people to give. We have to continue to operate the shelter and help the women and children there. Learn more at padv.org.