KINGSTREE, S.C. – The Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Assault hosted members of the Williamsburg County community Thursday afternoon at its new satellite crisis center.

Thursday’s open house was held as a campaign kickoff for the new location. The crisis center is on Courthouse Square in Kingstree in a building that was formerly used by attorneys. Guests were able to take a tour of the building, have refreshments and donate to the legacy campaign.

The legacy campaign will help with getting the building ready for service.

“It’s going to take a lot of work, but that’s OK,” said Ellen Hamilton, executive director of the coalition. “We’ve gotten $80,000 so far. We’re getting there.”

Individuals and groups are able to sponsor the renovations of different rooms within the new crisis center. Rooms in the building include:

>> Coordinator room – This room is used for direct services to the victims to include crisis intervention, information and referrals, advocacy and support services.

>> Reception room – This is a welcoming and supporting space for comprehensive services.

>> Restroom – The restroom will receive a complete remodeling.

>> Courtyard – The courtyard will receive landscaping and hardscaping.

>> Hospitality room – This space will provide refreshments for victims and families.

>> Storage room and screened in porch – This will be a secure space for program materials.

>> Conference and training room – This space will hold community meetings, volunteer trainings and support groups.

>> Counseling room – Counseling services are vital in the haling process.

The Pee Dee Coalition’s mission as a nonprofit organization is to reduce sexual assault, family violence and child abuse.

Hamilton said the Silent Tears foundation in the Upstate donated $50,000 towards the campaign. The organization advocates for women and children by taking a systematic approach to addressing the complex issues associated with child sexual abuse and violence against women, according to its website.

The coalition’s goal is to complete the campaign by October which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Hamilton said. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, contact the coalition at 843-669-4694.

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