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Family resource center to get $12,000

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — Court and family resource officials want the city to help fund a family resource center in Athens.

Shannon Cameron with Limestone County Department of Human Resources, District Judge Jeanne Anderson, attorney Claire Jones and juvenile officer Robert Valls asked the Athens City Council on Monday for $26,000 to partially fund a center director and utilities.

The Limestone County Commission has given family-service related agencies, such as the Food Bank and Crisis Center, permission to use its building in Crutcher Shopping Center. Cameron said the plans are to make the facility a family resource center to "empower families to be self-sufficient."

Anderson said working parents now must go to Decatur or Huntsville for services a center here could provide, such as domestic violence prevention.

The county has agreed to pay $12,000 toward the facility's needs. The center's supporters plan to ask the county to provide $20,000 for the remainder of a director's salary.

Councilmen Johnny Crutcher and Ronnie Marks asked where the group would get funding for the remainder of its $222,000 budget. Cameron said the director's job will include seeking grants and private donations.

Mayor Dan Williams said the Athens City and Limestone County school systems should share in the expense because school-age children would benefit from the center. Cameron said the group would ask the schools about funding.

The council plans to vote on whether to make the allocation at its May 14 meeting.

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