Roswell Refuge receives deluge of calls regarding raffle

February 12, 2014 • Local News

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Sometimes mistakes happen for a reason says Cindy Wilson, executive director of Roswell Refuge.

In this case, the error appeared in Wednesday’s Record, where bears costing $50 were advertised as $2. The blooper has resulted in numerous calls to the Refuge, which Wilson prefers to view as an opportunity to explain the organization’s purpose.

The services the Roswell Refuge provides to the community include a shelter for battered adults. The need for shelter is great, and the shelter has been operating at capacity since July 2013.

The facility is [auth] set up to take in women who are victims of domestic violence and their children.

Wilson explained that domestic violence cuts a swathe across cultures and socio-economic groups. It is not limited by race or age or gender.

“We sometimes get requests from men. We hope to have a men’s shelter eventually, but right now, we only have room for women and children,” Wilson said.

The Roswell Refuge also provides counseling for the victims. They have a 52-week Offenders Program, with group sessions that are facilitator led, and it changes lives.

The Refuge gives referrals to the appropriate agencies for any family in need. In addition, they have a full-time victims’ advocate on staff to assist in writing temporary restraining orders.

Their Thrift Store supplies clothing for those who come to the shelter with nothing more than the shirts on their backs.

Last year, the Refuge held two garage sales at its thrift store to raise funds. This year, Wilson hopes to open the doors to the thrift shop, located at 1215 N. Garden Ave., at least twice a month, starting in April to see how well it will be received by the community.

“The people of Roswell have been just great,” said Wilson.

The bears cost $50, and only 200 teddies are available. Each person who purchases a teddy bear will become part of a prize drawing, offering a one-in-200 chance to win a diamond necklace worth $1,500 courtesy of Bullock’s Jewelry.

The drawing will be held on Friday. The winner will be notified and will have their picture taken. For more information, call 575-624-3222.

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