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Overcrowded shelters receive aid

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Central Indiana domestic violence shelters, struggling to meet a spike in requests for service, will receive an emergency cash infusion from United Way of Central Indiana.

United Way announced Friday morning that will distribute $30,000 among four central Indiana service providers.

The Julian Center and the Salvation Army will receive $10,000 each. Sheltering Wings of Hendricks Co. and Alternatives, Inc. will each receive $5,000.

The Domestic Violence Network, a collaboration of outreach providers, reports requests for shelter and assistance spiked 36 percent in May from the same month a year earlier and they continue to grow.

The growing demand flooded existing capacity to the point that workers needed to use hotel rooms, ask for assistance from facilities in neighboring counties or even resort to waitlists.

The United Way funds will be used for hotel/motel nights, purchase of cots/supplies, and/or transportation expenses related to alleviating the overflow of domestic violence victims, said United Way Chief Executive Ellen K. Annala in a press release addressing the distribution.

For information on how to contribute funds or services to the Domestic Violence Network, visit www.dvnconnect.org, call 872-1086 or mail a check to DVN 9359 Valparaiso Ct. Indianapolis, IN 46268.

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