The following is from KWQC's coverage of the new Clinton Office open house and ribbon cutting. Full story: http://www.kwqc.com/content/ne...
CLINTON, Iowa (KWQC) - Family Resources held a ribbon cutting for a new office location in Clinton, Iowa.
The office is at 240 N. Bluff Boulevard conveniently located along a bus route and in the same office complex as other health agencies.
Ashley Odom, director of survivor services for Family Resources says the new space is a welcoming environment.
"We wanted to serve those who want to come to an office instead of us meeting them in the community," Odom explains.
The Clinton Chamber of Commerce performed the ribbon cutting. President Maureen Miller says this is something the community needs.
"We live in a far less safe world than we lived in many years ago," Miller comments. "We have those things occurring that require additional services."
In 2013, the state of Iowa regionalized services for several counties, which caused the Clinton Community to be overlooked.
"The state wanted to ensure that services were provided throughout the whole state and that there were providers in each separate region," Odom says.
By opening an office in Clinton, Odom explains, survivors do not need to travel to bigger cities like Davenport or Dubuque.
High Tower Place Program Manager Susan Wolever says a close location benefits those who stay at the women's facility.
"They help some of our young ladies with the domestic violence piece," says Wolever. "To obtain a restraining order if possible or provide counseling."
A full list of services offered by Family Resources include sheltering and rehousing services, as well as comprehensive services for all survivors of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking, homicide, and other violent crimes can be found at www.famres.org.