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JUST ASK SHANE: Helping Domestic Violence Victims

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KENNEWICK, WA - October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, which makes it a great time to answer this question I got recently from a viewer.  Susan sent me an email asking, "Is there a place in the Tri-Cities where I can donate good used clothing for women, where they wouldn't have to pay for it?  I'd like to donate the clothing at no cost to the women."

Susan... I talked with Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties and they do have a program to help victims get back on their feet.  They have a partnership with the New Beginnings thrift shop on Lee Boulevard in Richland.  DVS gives vouchers to their clients, which they can use like cash at the New Beginnings store to buy clothes and other items for themselves and their children.

"It's a more dignified experience for our clients.  They're not given a handout, they get to go shop at the store like anyone else.  They also have access to a much wider variety of items than we are able to maintain," said Erinn Gailey, program director with Domestic Violence Services of Benton & Franklin Counties.

Gailey says the partnership has been going strong for several years, and it allows their limited staff to focus more on their advocacy work.  If you'd like to help support this program, you can donate your good, used clothing to New Beginnings.  You can find more information about the store's hours on the DVS website at www.dvsbf.org.  We should point out that New Beginnings is a "for-profit" store, so your donation to them would not be tax-deductible.

Remember, if you've got a question about something going on in our community... send it my way.  You can reach me in the newsroom at (509) 737-6738, or send me an email at JustAskShane@nbcrightnow.com