By MICHAELE DUKE (The News)
Construction on a Williamsburg County Pee Dee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse satellite Crisis Center in Kingstree is underway. When open, the building will provide office space and a place where victims of abuse can find valuable information.
Originally built in the early 1900s for a law firm, the Coalition purchased the building from the owners and with the help of a $50,000 donation from the Silent Tears Foundation began work on the interior. Additional donations and sponsorships from local industries, municipalities and others are providing additional financial resources to move construction forward.
Moore Construction based in Hemingway is the contractor and they have uncovered several items that will be kept for historical reasons. While tearing out a brick alcove workers found chucks of coal that most likely was used in the three coal-burning fireplaces to heat the building. The bricks will be salvaged and reused. The work is tedious and Pee Dee Coalition founder, Executive Director Ellen Hamilton is thankful for the crew’s dedication. “Not everybody wants to take on a project like this,” she said. “They have experience with old houses and redoing them.”
The office is located at 2 Courthouse Square and situated beside the Williamsburg County Courthouse and surrounded by agencies that have everything to facilitate victims’ needs.
Donations and sponsorships for the Legacy Campaign will continue to provide for renovations to specific rooms in the building. For more information about Pee Dee Coalition and how to help move the Crisis Center forward call Legacy Project Assistant, Holly Powell at (843) 356-0652.
If you believe you are the victim of a trafficking situation or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-373-7888.