Haddie’s Home holds donor appreciation reception

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Opelika Observer

Haddie’s Home held a donor appreciation reception to say “thank you” for supporting their efforts to improving the lives of girls six – 16 years old in Lee County who are in the midst of a personal crisis.
“Right here in our backyard in lee County and surrounding areas, children live in situations of poverty, domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness, emotional abuse and neglect – all leading to the cycle of families in crisis,” said Hddie’s Home Executive Director Gina Allen.
According to the most recent statistics compiled from 2011-2014 in Alabama, more than 300,000 children had experienced two or more adverse experiences, often rooted in neglect and abuse.
The Haddie’s Home Board of Directors and professional staff are working to lower this number. Haddie’s provides a safety net for girls in crisis and services for their families. The end goal is to reunite these girls with their family.
This nonprofit is funded by individual donors, churches, businesses and philanthropic groups. Currently, the facility is undergoing updates to bring the home into ADA compliance which will allow them to broaden their reach. The renovations are being done in partnership with the Auburn University McWhorter School of Building Science.
At the reception, Earlon and Better McWhorter were recognized for their ongoing support to Haddie’s.
“It’s not about us. It’s about the people who are here and the girls they serve,” Earlon said.
For more information or to partner, serve, support or volunteer with the nonprofit, visit www.haddies.org.

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