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January 18, 2011

Executive Director Named: Treadaway to oversee WS&FRC

— The Board of Directors of Women’s Service and Family Resource Center (WS&FRC) is please to announce that Malinda (McQueen) Treadaway has been named Executive Director of the agency. Treadaway has been with the agency for nine years serving as administrative assistant to the late Debra Gitthen-Huggins, who led the WS&FRC for the past 20 years. Treadaway takes over from Rita McClaskey who has served as Interim Executive Director for the past several months.

The  WS&FRC maintains a 24-hour crisis line. Services include crisis intervention assisting women, children and men, when appropriate, providing alternatives and raising awareness of local resources.  A licensed mental health professional is available to provide short-term counseling and assessments.  Trained staff members are available  to support victims during an emergency room exam.  Support is offered to clients who need it as they go through legal issues such as  filing a protective order and moral support when clients are involved in prosecuting. When a safe place is needed for victims, we offer temporary shelter. When funds and donations, we have meals and personal care products to supply to victims. We also offer support groups where women can discuss their problems and help each other find solutions.

The WS&FRC  also provides speakers for civic organizations, school and groups, upon request.  We encourage the community to utilize these services  and allow us to educate and increase awareness on these important issues. Violence is a crime and it is not okay. WS&FRC is funded by private and community donations, the office of the Attorney General, the Victims of Crime Act, the Violence Against Women Act and the United Fund of Grady County.  Donations of new personal care products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, lotion, and also new or slightly used  clothing to supply to clients and their children. There is never a fee for our services and all of our services are held confidential, by law.

Treadaway says that she plans to continue the established philosophy of high quality service to victims and their children as well as community cooperation and coordination. She also says she has ideas for growth in services to clients. She adds that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Women’s Service & Family Resource Center and looks forward to increased awareness and involvement from our community.

The WS&FRC’s professional staff is augmented by trained community volunteers. Volunteers play a crucial part in making a difference in victims’ lives. The 16-hour volunteer training and orientation is set for Jan. 27-29. Please call 405-222-1818 for free confidential assistance or to learn about our services and volunteer training.

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