Cone Health Employee Collects Cellphones & Donates To Improve Domestic Violence Shelter Security System

6:04 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC - A Cone Health Employee is paying it forward to the Triad community.

"Pay It Forward," is a challenge issued by Cone Health to 12 randomly chosen employees. These employees have to use the money to improve their community.

Lolita Henley is a clinical documenting specialist at Wesley Long Community Hospital. She's paying it forward to a local domestic violence shelter.

The $1,000 will go towards upgrading the shelter's current security system, but the total upgrade cost is $1,800. Henley is asking her co-workers and community to donate the extra costs so domestic violence victims a safe facility.

Henley is also asking for old cellphones to give to victims and their families. The domestic shelter director said, "The phones allows the women to gain independence and start the healing process."

Here's how you can help.

If you would like to donate a cellphone, drop the phone(s) off at 315 E. Washington St. in Greensboro. They're also accepting donations of any size that will go to help provide a safe haven for victims and families.

On average, the Family Service of the Piedmont gives 16,500 women and children a safe night per year. It services about 33 women and children a day.

For more information on the "Pay It Forward," visit Cone Health's website.

Family Service of the Piedmont operates a 24-hour crisis line in High Point (889-7273) and Greensboro (274-7273). The crisis line provides access to two emergency battered women's shelters in Guilford County. A victim can contact Family Service for assistance in making a safety plan, obtaining information about counseling for women and children who have experienced domestic violence, and receiving victim advocacy. Treatment for offenders is also available.

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