October dedicated to domestic violence awareness
PORT RICHEY - "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else," Booker T. Washington once said. Lynn Needs is fond of that quote as director of the Salvation Army domestic violence program that operates a shelter for victims. Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October will remind shelter supporters about victims such as Becky, who turned around her life with help. Several events are planned, including the annual appreciation luncheon on Wednesday. The second candlelight vigil is set for Oct. 23.Becky battled addictions and tried many times to leave her abusive boyfriend, Needs recalled in a Salvation Army newsletter. Becky called the Salvation Army crisis hotline. She wanted to change and be a good mother to her child and to leave behind the "craziness." Advocates helped her reshape her life. At a young age she was taught that if you want something in life, you need to earn it. As she stayed at the shelter, doubts creeped in at times. She saved every penny, though, and accumulated enough money to move into a new home closer to family. The West Pasco DV Task Forces Annual Appreciation Luncheon will take place noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Salvation Army headquarters, 7745 Ridge Road. State Sen. Mike Fasano will help honor those in the community who make a difference in the lives of those affected by the crime of domestic violence. The annual Candlelight Vigil will take place 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 on the steps of the sheriff's office, 8700 Citizen Drive, New Port Richey. Sheriff Chris Nocco and Salvation Army Pasco County Commander Maj. Alejandro Castillo will lead the observance. Also, Project Clothesline members will hang T-shirts at the West Pasco Government Center with artwork by domestic violence victims to vent their fury and frustrations. The DV program also has been raising funds by selling Bird of Paradise plants for $10 each, two for $18 or five for $40. For information about events, contact the shelter at the office phone at (727) 856-6498 or firstname.lastname@example.org.