Sun City helps out

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Beverly Lane Lorenz, For The Lancaster News

The 2012  Sun City Volunteers and Helping Hands drive for Safe Passage was a big success.

Susan McClure, who served as event co-chair with Jackie Sharp, said more than $700 in checks, cash and gift cards were collected, along with 158 cellular phones and hundreds – if not thousands – of toiletry items.

“In fact, we have so many, I’m going to give some (toiletry items) to Lancaster Children’s Home and the men’s shelter in Charlotte,” McClure said.

Safe Passage provides supportive services to families living in abusive situations so they can make changes in their lives and eliminate violence. They also provide support services for victims of sexual trauma and child abuse.  

It provides emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their minor children, counseling, advocacy, community referrals, children’s program, education, support groups, and parenting classes.

Safe Passage is available for victims and survivors of domestic violence in Chester, Lancaster and York counties.
Sun City Carolina Lakes Volunteers and Helping Hands Club has been helping Safe Passage since 2008. McClure has been championing this cause for the Carolina Lakes community on behalf of the club since the very beginning. McClure calls Safe Passage a “domestic peace program.”

“When we first started helping them, there was a facility in Lancaster. This has since closed and the facility in Rock Hill takes care of Lancaster people, as well as Chester, Union, and York counties,” McClure said.
In the past, extra items such as gently-used household items and clothing which have been collected for other drives have also been distributed to Safe Passage.

“Safe Passage is able to raise money from old cell phones, and, in conjunction with the SCCL Mums & Poppies Club, we have collected cell phones for at least three years,” McClure said.

A Safe Passage staff member also spoke to Sun City Volunteers and Helping Hands about the need for clerical assistance; child care; sorting donations; hosting pizza, birthday or ice cream parties and maintenance.  

“They need community help,” McClure said.
Safe Passage services are free and confidential. They have a 24-hour hotline at (803) 329-2800, or you can contact them toll free at (800) 659-0977.

In addition to their website: www.safepassagesc.org, you can also contact interim executive director Jane Alleva at jalleva@safepassagesc.org or at Safe Passage, Inc., PO Box 11458, Rock Hill, SC 29731.