Domestic violence survivors receive a helping hand

The Gulf Coast Center For Nonviolence domestic violence shelter, Adrienne’s House, recently received a Singing River Electric Neighbors Helping Neighbor Community Grant. The grant will be used to add a safety railing and handicap-accessible ramp to the entrance of the facility.

“Singing River Electric recognizes the critical service that Adrienne’s House provides to those affected by domestic violence,” said Singing River Electric public relations specialist Amanda Parker. “This ramp and railing will be ADA compliant and will ensure all visitors can enter and exit the shelter safely.”

Adrienne’s House, a satellite domestic violence shelter serving Jackson and George counties, opened its doors on October 3, 2011. It was named in honor of Adrienne Klasky, a Pascagoula woman who was killed by her abuser in 1989. All residents of Adrienne’s House receive comprehensive, wrap-around services to best meet their needs and increase their chances of successfully overcoming the many impacts of domestic violence.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Community Grants help Singing River Electric merge efforts with the hard work of nonprofits, schools and other organizations within our communities.

Through this program, two to three grants for up to $2,500 each are awarded three times a year in January, May and September. Grants are available to non-profit organizations helping communities within Singing River Electric’s service territory in education, civic, community development and economic development. Applications are due the second Friday of the month in which grants are being accepted.

Since the program’s inception in 2001, grant monies have been used to purchase playground equipment, car seats, computers, books to teach adults and children to read, and to support projects locally, among other causes. The idea of “neighbors helping neighbors” emerged after Hurricane Georges when Singing River Electric witnessed firsthand neighbors lending a hand to those in need.

For more information, visit or email Amanda Parker, public relations specialist, at