Surry Co. domestic violence shelter closing

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The Rev. Phil Goble Jr. (The Winston-Salem Journal)

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SURRY COUNTY, N.C. — Blue Ridge H.O.P.E., Surry County’s only domestic violence shelter, will close June 30 because of funding issues, said the Rev. Phil Goble Jr., director of its parent agency, the Greater Mount Airy Ministry of Hospitality.

“This is a sad day for victims of domestic violence all across this area,” Goble said Tuesday.

The domestic violence shelter had opened in 2009. H.O.P.E. stands for Helping Our People Escape (domestic violence).

The center has suffered a drop in donations because of the economy, and changes in how state and federal grants are awarded meant the shelter is getting less money, Goble said.

Complicating the funding decline is that the center faces the necessity of building a new shelter or moving because of fire code issues at the current location.

Bob Meinecke, chairman of the board for the Greater Mount Airy Ministry of Hospitality, said fundraisers haven’t drawn well and they don’t know what else to do.

This article was written by Monte Mitchell and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.

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