ONEIDA, Tenn., Nov 17, 2011 -- During the last year the Women’s Shelter serving Scott County has helped more than 187 women and their families escape volatile situations and rebuild their lives. Today, the Shelter Society, Inc. officially opened the doors on a new facility funded in part by USDA Rural Development (RD).
Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals, Oneida Mayor Jack Lay and RD Area Director Jerry Amonett joined Shelter Director Patty Brown at the dedication of the new facility. The 4,000 square foot space provides a safe, temporary home for women in need of short term assistance.
"Too many rural Americans face the nightmare of homelessness caused by domestic violence, and the challenge of getting back on their feet after divorce," said RD Area Director Jerry Amonett. "The Shelter Society provides women and their families an opportunity to recover, rebuild and reach their full potential in their communities."
The facility was made possible in part by a low-interest Rural Development loan of $260,000 and grant of $140,000. The Shelter Society invested $120,800 from private donations and operating funds to complete the $400,000 project.
Founded in 1996, the non-profit's services are available to residents of Scott County. For information about how to get help for yourself or someone you know, call the Women’s Shelter at 423-569-3355. For emergencies call 911.
Rural Development community programs finance construction or improvements to essential services like reliable access to clean water, wastewater treatment, healthcare, education, job training, first responders and emergency facilities. Loan-guarantees encourage private lenders to expand the availability of affordable financing in rural communities. Direct loans and grants create sound financial opportunities for local governments to meet essential infrastructure needs.
Others participating in the event included Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ representative Will Ridley, Scott County Commissioner Brian Armstrong, Oneida Police Chief Jeff Laxton, Shelter Society, Inc. Board Chairman John Beaty, Project Contractor Donnie Brewster and RD Area Specialist Mary Short.
USDA Rural Development invests in jobs, infrastructure, homeownership and affordable rental housing in rural communities. Last year the agency assisted tens of thousands of Tennessee families and businesses, investing more than $737 million through affordable loans, loan guarantees and grants.
For more information on Rural Development programs available in the Scott County area contact the Rural Development Area Office in Knoxville at 865-523-3338 ext. 4, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 extension 1491, or visit us online at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.
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