Oconee’s shelter opens for business
After a green ribbon was cut this morning, Oconee’s first shelter for the abused officially went into business. The ribbon-cutting took place at Seneca’s Shaver Recreation Complex because the true location of the shelter is kept secret from general public knowledge, to help ensure the safety of those who go there for protection. It was a ceremony attended by an estimated 200 people—many of whom were individuals who contributed their own money to the Safe Harbor project. The crowd included former Oconeans Jim and Elizabeth Gadd, now Florida residents, who were listed among the $30 to $50 thousand donors. Among the speakers, State Senator Thomas Alexander, called the community’s generosity to meet the approximate $900 thousand to $1 million dollars typical of Oconee County people. Alexander said when Oconeeans recognize a worthy need, they respond.