Domestic violence shelter closes in Tuscaloosa County

Domestic Violence Shelter in Tuscaloosa Co. Closes

TUSCALOOSA COUNTY , AL (WBRC) - A domestic violence shelter to help women and children has closed its doors in Tuscaloosa County. King’s Home Tuscaloosa County branch has shut down for now, but not for good.

King’s Home President Lew Burdette is hopeful they will reopen again one day, thanks to several people in the community stepping up, trying to help raise money for the long term shelter.

Although they’re not giving up, they still have a long way to go before they can reopen it and have it up and running again. Burdette said the organization took a major hit when America’s Thrift stores cut King’s Home as their charity. That eliminated about $750,000 in funding from their budget.

Right now, they’ve got a campaign going on their website called save King’s Home Tuscaloosa County. For decades this campus has helped several women and children get a new beginning, after living a life of domestic violence. “Domestic violence is a huge need in our community and they want moms and children to have a place to start over in life. We are scratching and clawing and trying to find a way to reopen here for any non-profit trying to find away after losing a quarter of $3 million is a huge blow,” said Burdette.

Some of the residents at the Tuscaloosa County branch were transferred to king’s home Shelby county location and others found relatives to stay with. For more information on how you can help save King’s home Tuscaloosa County branch click here.

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