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Durham Crisis Response Center in need of aid

Posted April 8, 2012
Updated April 9, 2012

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— The Durham Crisis Response Center helps thousands of people each year, but skyrocketing maintenance costs and plummeting donations and government funding have put it in need of aid from the community it serves.

About 20 people each day ask for help through the center's 24-hour crisis helpline and temporary shelter for abuse victims. That's 140 people a week and more than 7,000 in a year.

"The shelter means everything to me. The shelter saved my life," said Bessie Elmore, who was once the victim of domestic abuse.

Elmore left her abusive husband with only a quarter in her pocket. "With that 25 cents, I called the crisis line," she said.

But now the temporary shelter and the crisis center's main building on North Dilliard Street are in dire need of repairs. At the same time, state and federal funding has been cut.

There are holes in the foundation and water damage, electrical problems and broken windows throughout the buildings. The roof is collapsing, and even the floor is rotting.

Despite those problems, there's still great demand for the crisis center's services. Durham Crisis Response Center Durham shelter needs community help

"Every two minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted," spokeswoman Jessie Sterner said.

"Women are dying to get into the shelter," Elmore said.

The center is trying to raise $10,000 and has planned various events and fundraisers in April, including a golf tournament next Sunday. The proceeds will go toward repairs and helping victims.

"We'll be able to save a lot more lives," crisis center volunteer Sam Clayborn said.

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  • PeaceOut2017 Apr 9, 2012

    they should have a bake sale or something

  • not my real name Apr 9, 2012

    What I'm saying is that they SHOULD have been rallying for THIS cause instead of something that is NOT a part of OUR community. I did not say his life was not worthy. I am a parent too and I sympathize with any parent who has lost a child. However, I firmly believe that there are causes that a rally really can benefit and make a difference right here at home. Not in another state, for another cause "after the fact". All the rally's in the world wont change his status or the status of mr. zimmerman i'm afraid. The powers that be are not the same as the collective opinions of the public.

  • North Carolina Cutie Apr 9, 2012

    Who said the bikers would not ralley for this cause I hope you're not saying this kid's life wasn't worthy I hope you don't have kids.

  • not my real name Apr 9, 2012

    The bikers should have been rallying for this WORTHY cause....not some kid they didn't even know 3 states away.

  • eyeoneastsky Apr 9, 2012

    What other fund raising events are planned besides the golf? This is a worthy cause. We all want to be loved and wanted but sometimes we team up with people who simply cannot live "normally". I understand "normal" as being what most people do most of the time. Most people do not abuse and hurt their family. Those injured in these bad situations need help, healing and safety.

  • abbynork Apr 9, 2012

    mramorak - "ignorence" indeed.

  • mramorak Apr 9, 2012

    If we would educate everyone,and give everyone a chance to better themselves starting when they are young,i think it would help with all the ignorence and resentment going on in the US.We spend way too much money on stuff going on in other countries.