Cash that will help keep Safe Harbor, a shelter for victims of Domestic violence, in operation was presented to county officials Tuesday, Dec. 13. The Calvert County Commissioners and representatives of the Calvert County Health Department’s Crisis Intervention unit accepted the $30,000 check from the Board of Directors of Safe Harbor Inc.
Under state law, the commissioners serve as Calvert’s ex officio Board of Health.
The ceremonial check was presented to Crisis Intervention Program Director David Gale by Safe Harbor Board of Directors Chairperson Della Stull.
Former county commissioner and Safe Harbor Board of Director’s acting Treasurer Linda L. Kelley noted since 1991, when Safe Harbor opened, approximately 1,500 women and children have found refuge from the dangers of domestic violence. To date, the board has provided approximately $590,000 to keep the Prince Frederick facility operating.
Law enforcement liaison Phyllis Poole said the county’s Domestic Violence Response Team relies on Safe Harbor in providing aid during a domestic crisis. “If they [victims] need the shelter, we make sure it happens,” said Poole.
Kelley reminded the citizens viewing the cable broadcast of the commissioners’ meeting that the response team has a hotline number that can be called 24 hours a day—410-535-1121. “All calls are confidential,” said Kelley.
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