Today’s Editorial for June 20: Crisis Centre in crisis

It’s rare that the Crisis Centre reaches out to the public for help.

But when it does, you can be guaranteed the need is great.

The Crisis Centre is a safe place for women and children to go on Grand Cayman when they’ve found themselves at the hand of an abuser.

Frequently the Crisis Centre is filled to capacity with more than 20 people looking for a respite from violence or volatile homes.

While the Crisis Centre is a safe haven, it does much more than just provide shelter for battered women and their children.

Those who find themselves there get counselling and support. They are put in touch with community resources available to them and their children.

It’s unfortunate that we – a small financially sound country – have to have a crisis centre.

But we are glad it’s there as long as there is a need.

Many of the women who visit the Crisis Centre are expatriates who don’t have any support system here.

All of the programmes and services the Crisis Centre offers are free.

That’s why it needs our help.

Tomorrow, members of the Lean on Me Committee will meet at Smith Cove on South Church Street from 11am until 2pm to sell refreshments and take donations for the centre.

The centre is in need of just about everything – clothing of all sizes, linens, towels, beds and the list goes on and on.

Basically, if there is something in your house that you use on a daily or weekly basis, the Crisis Centre is in need of the same thing.

Take a few minutes this evening or tomorrow morning and look around your house for items you have an excess of or are no longer using, gather them up and take them to Smith’s Cove tomorrow.

Please keep the women and children at the centre in mind and only send them clean items that are in good repair.

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