Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Haven for Battered Women Coming

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Haven for Battered Women Coming

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Byline: Allison Schaefers, Nassau Neighbors staff writer

Seven years ago, Jenny Robinson got down on her hands and knees and prayed to God to help her leave an abusive situation.

She and her children had nowhere to escape to because there wasn't a domestic violence shelter in Nassau County.

But soon, others like Robinson will have hope.

Micah's Place, a non-profit volunteer agency dedicated to bringing a shelter to Nassau County, has secured a location for the facility and hired a program manager.

Marianna McIntyre took the helm in August and expects by the end of the year to open an approximately 4,000-square-foot facility to provide shelter for up to 24 victims of domestic violence. The non-profit plans to kickoff a $750,000 fund-raising campaign Nov. 7.

For Robinson, who now serves as Nassau County's victim advocate, it's a dream come true. The Yulee resident credits God with delivering her from the abusive situation and providing her with a way to help others who are in her situation.

Robinson still is concerned that when Nassau County women are victims of domestic violence, they have nowhere locally to go. Some go to Hubbard House in Jacksonville, but many have problems leaving the area, she said.

Forming a battered women's shelter in Nassau County will help these women, Robinson said.

"When you're out in a rural area, out in the middle of the woods, the knowledge is not there. I felt like the county had nothing to offer," said Robinson. "It's been a goal of mine to bring awareness to Nassau County."

Other organizations and many volunteers have helped pave the way to make the goal possible.

Ten years ago, community officials formed a domestic violence task force because of concerns that victims of domestic violence in Nassau County had to be taken to Jacksonville's Hubbard House for help. …

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