Letter to the editor

Posted: May 6, 2014

Shimmy Mob, for The Laurel Center

This letter is intended for all residents over the age of 18 who live in the City of Winchester, and Frederick and Clarke counties. If each of you would contribute just $25 to The Laurel Center’s Capital Campaign, together we could make the new shelter and outreach center a reality.

I used the latest U.S. Census figures to find out what it would take to reach the goal of $1,766,700. The Laurel Center is an amazing organization with wonderful staff, but they are so limited because every inch of the current space is being utilized, and it is not large enough to fill all the requests for shelter. It is a horrible and sinking feeling when a victim of violence can’t find shelter from her abuser because there is no room at the inn.

On Saturday, May 10, the Shimmy Mob Winchester Team (21 members strong) is participating in a worldwide (163 cities) flash-mob dance to help raise awareness and funds for domestic violence shelters. We will be performing at various locations around Winchester to raise money for The Laurel Center’s Capital Campaign.

Thanks to more than $2 million initially raised, construction of the new shelter and outreach center began in 2012; sadly, the project is only halfway completed and the building sits as an empty shell. The new shelter and office building is within reach; together as a community we can make the new Laurel Center a reality.

Please contribute to The Laurel Center’s Capital Campaign by designating Shimmy Mob on your check or under Special Instructions if paying online at thelaurelcenter.org. Checks made out to The Laurel Center may be sent to The Laurel Center, P.O. Box 14, Winchester, 22604.

Esther Z. Albright

Cross Junction