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Madeline’s House begins move to new location / August 19, 2013
Beginning in July, staff and volunteers at Madeline’s House began to pack boxes in preparation for their move to a new location. Madeline’s House, which operates a safe house for victims of domestic abuse in southern and central Virginia, expects to resume operations at the new location by early September.

First to begin the move was the office operation, followed by the moving of the shelter to a new location. The move was prompted by Nottoway County’s decision to turn over property at Fort Pickett where Madeline’s House was located to the U.S. State Department. The move to a new shelter marks the end of a nearly two-year search for a new home.

“This has been a long journey, from learning that Madeline’s House would be forced to leave its home of 14 years to the moving vans arrival,” said Sandie Rowe, president. “This journey has had its difficulties, but there were far more positive than negative things coming from this experience.

“Madeline’s House found friends it didn’t know it had. We have built many new, supportive relationships. We’ve discovered new and better ways to provide a safe haven to victims of abuse. And now we have two homes instead of one: an office location and a shelter location,”

“The Board of Directors, Members of the Advisory Board, volunteers and staff all feel enormous gratitude toward all those who have helped us step through this journey. Heartfelt thanks go to all who have played a role in finding and funding our new homes.” said Rowe.

“There is much left to be done before we are settled into our new homes. There are boxes to unpack and a lot of organizing to do, but it’s coming together beautifully,” said Rowe. ‘We are hopeful that the shelter will be fully operational in its new location by early September.”

Southside Center for Violence Prevention, Inc. – Madeline’s House – Piedmont Crisis Center is the only residential domestic and sexual violence program serving Southside Virginia. If you would like to support Madeline’s House with your time, talents or financial support, log on to their website at There you will find an online volunteer application and several options for making a contribution. For more information, call 434.292.1077 or 888.819.2926.

Madeline’s House and Piedmont Crisis Center are the only domestic and sexual violence programs service 12 counties in Southside Virginia, including Halifax County.

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