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Wiregrass Angel House provides services to victims in need

The Wiregrass Angel House provides services for trauma victims.
The Wiregrass Angel House provides services for trauma victims.(WTVY)
Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 5:57 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - WTVY is teaming up with the Wiregrass United Way for the 2020 Pacesetter Kickoff on Friday, July 31. This year the WUW will hold a drive-thru food drive from 6 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. All week we will spotlight some of the sponsoring agencies and the work they do.

You may not think about the importance of victims advocacy, until you become a victim. That’s where the Wiregrass Angel House comes in.

“At the end of the day, we’re definitely who, if you’re going through trauma, you would need right there beside you,” Outreach Advocate Katy Cook Lewis said

The organization advocates for and assists victims of violent crimes, like homicide and robbery.

“We do crime scene clean up. We have a group therapy that meets once a month. We do court attendance, we go to all of the hearings and all of the trials for all of the victims families,” Lewis said.

With a staff of six employees, and a small budget, the nonprofit operates mostly from an ADECA grant.

“We also get Wiregrass United Way funds, and we have donations that come in. We have a golf tournament every year,” Lewis said.

There are several services the organization provides-- including its Angel Paws dog therapy program.

“These dogs absorb all of the trauma and all of the feelings that these children and adults are feeling. It’s a lot on these dogs and people don’t really realize how much they see and hear,” Lewis said.

To learn more about the Wiregrass Angel House, click here.

The Pacesetter Kickoff will run from 6 AM to 6:30 PM at Wiregrass United Way on North Foster Street. You’re encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item.

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