A team that spends its days working in the field of domestic violence is going the extra mile and running with the desire to reach out to the public, literally.
Kelly Walker, Sue Hobbs, Terrie Kirby and Joshua Crain have been getting up at 4:30 a.m. three days a week – rain or shine – in order to train for the McMinnville Fun Run to be held on July 4 during the city’s Fourth of July activities.
The four-person team is affiliated with Families In Crisis, New Beginnings, Inc. in one way or another. Hobbs and Crain are routinely in court, as she is a court advocate and he is an assistant district attorney general and current FIC board member. Walker is FIC’s information technology specialist and Kirby is executive director.
The idea of running came from Crain, an avid runner already, who wanted to put together an FIC team to run July 4.
“I honestly didn’t think anyone would want to get up early to run, but they’ve certainly proved me wrong,” said Crain, who is affectionately called “Yoda” by the other team members. “We have been training about three weeks and we’re making great progress.”
The team’s desire is to get even more active in the public in an effort to reach out and educate individuals about the services offered at Families in Crisis.
“We were excited about having a presence at this year’s McMinnville Fun Run activities downtown,” said Kirby. “We want to participate ourselves and reach out to those in the community who may not know who we are and what we do.”
FIC is the only domestic violence shelter in Warren County. It serves Warren, Grundy and Sequatchie counties. With a small staff of seven individuals, someone is always on call to assist with domestic violence victims who find themselves in a bad situation and no idea where to turn. The shelter offers a place where victims of domestic violence can feel safe while staff assist them in standing on their own and moving forward to better days.
“This is an entire organization effort,” Kirby added of the run. “All of the FIC staff are either training for the run when time permits, or they will be participating through outreach at the McMinnville Fun Run.”
To follow the training progress of the FIC Team-In-Training you can follow them on Facebook (Families In Crisis Team-In-Training) or on Twitter @FICTeam. To contact the 24-hour crisis line, you can call 1-800-675-0766 or 931-473-6221.