DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER CLOSING IN WAKE OF FUNDING CHANGES
After nearly 30 years, one of Tuscaloosa’s refuges for domestic violence victims is shutting its doors.
King’s Home, formerly known as Hannah Home and King’s Ranch, has served, housed and protected women and children running from domestic violence in Tuscaloosa County.
But next week King’s Home is closing its Tuscaloosa campus because of a tremendous lack of funding.
King’s Home President Lew Burdette said the organization took a huge financial blow around this time last year when America’s Thrift Stores dropped King’s Home as their charity. That blow wiped out $750,000 in funding overnight.
Since then, Burdette said he and his staff have been doing everything in their power to stay afloat, but it wasn’t enough.
“We’re just devastated by the decision,” he said. “It just breaks our heart because the demand is so large. Every single day women with children fleeing domestic violence need a place to be.”
Burdette said the organization is helping the women and children currently living at King’s Home in Tuscaloosa County relocate to the program’s Shelby County location or in finding other assistance in Tuscaloosa County.
Operating the Tuscaloosa County campus costs about $400,000 a year, but Burdette said he hopes the closure is just temporary.
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