Women’s center gets financial boost to make improvements

Women’s Service and Family Resource Center, a Canadian County domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center, was awarded $40,000 in grant funds to make improvements to its Canadian County office.

Sarkeys Foundation of Oklahoma awarded $20,000 and Ashbrook Foundation of El Reno awarded $20,000.
Curtis Blanc, longtime Women’s Service Center supporter, agreed to match a portion of the grant funds.

“These funds will be used to better our facilities and create a long-lasting, quality location that has served and will continue to serve women, children and men affected by domestic violence and sexual assault,” said Debbie Huggins, executive director.

Carolyn Husmann, Canadian County coordinator, said she was “extremely excited to see their hard work pay off and be recognized by the community and the state.” Husmann was recently awarded Advocate of the Year.

The center has been a safe haven for many in Canadian County. It will be completely renovated on the exterior and receive new plumbing. These projects will be completed by next spring.

Women’s Service and Family Resource Center has provided crisis intervention services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking for over 25 years. Services include a 24-hour hot line, emergency shelter, court advocacy, support groups and emergency needs assistance.

For more information or assistance, call 262-4455 or 1-800-734- 4117.

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