November 2, 2010
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|On November 2, 2010 (center right) Secretary Walt McNeil accepts a certificate of appreciation from Glen Burns (far left) chaplain and co-founder of Chelsea House; and Beth Burns (far right), executive director and co-founder of Chelsea House, as Health Services’ Dr. Olugbenga Ogunsanwo looks on.
In addition to donations to Chelsea House and Refuge House in Tallahassee, Corrections employees held fundraisers and hosted guest speakers around the state to educate themselves about domestic violence, and to collect money and goods for their local shelters. Several shelters asked that this effort become an annual event.
Martha Annis, who works in Health Services for the Department of Corrections in Tallahassee, spearheaded the drive for Chelsea House, saying “I was impressed that they take in all women and children, abused and/or homeless, and provide for them until they can help themselves. I talked with several staff members at the Chelsea House and they all seemed to be deeply committed to the same cause – helping women in unfortunate situations.”