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Families in Crisis harvests $2,000
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Kenzlie Hartman was the karaoke winner at Pioneer Days.

Local domestic violence shelter Families in Crisis has reaped the benefits of nearly $2,000 in donations from two recent fundraisers.

Families in Crisis serves Warren, Sequatchie and Grundy counties and has a client list of over 800.

“There are 52 domestic violence programs in the state and we are No. 9 overall in call volume,” said Families in Crisis executive director Kristy Stubblefield. “That includes big-city areas like Memphis, Chattanooga and Nashville. Domestic violence really is a bad problem in rural areas.”

Stubblefield said the name Families in Crisis should not be deceiving. The shelter is open to anyone fleeing a domestic violence situation, whether with children or by themselves. Families in Crisis, commonly called a women’s shelter, is also available for men in need.

“The shelter is a place they can come, get their head together and process what needs to be done next to keep them safe,” said Stubblefield. “Our services are offered to everyone. I’ve been with the organization for 10 years and over the last two years we’ve had more families go through the shelter than ever before.”

Save A Lot held its annual Pioneer Days and designated Families in Crisis as the charity of choice this year. Families in Crisis raised $1,400 from a food truck donated by Citizens Tri-County Bank. All food was donated by Save A Lot, Pepsi and Frito-Lay.

There were also several pageants, silent auction, pumpkin walk, and cornhole tournament.

Another fundraiser took place at Papa John’s where $561 was donated from its Cheesesticks for Charities program. In its second year, the event is called Nightmare at Papa John’s.

“Vendors could set up for free and give out candy and literature,” said Stubblefield. “There was a small trunk or treat and some vendors had donation jars for Families in Crisis. There was also a costume contest.”

Families in Crisis can be reached at (931) 473-6221. Stubblefield said a FIC representative can also be sent a message on Facebook, which could be the safest form of communication if the person is in a situation where they can't talke freely.