Domestic abuse shelters begin fundraising

The Pine Belt's Domestic Abuse Family Shelter is embarking on a fundraising mission to help them build a much-needed new facility.

The organization's two shelters in Hattiesburg and Laurel serve an 11-county area. The Hattiesburg location is currently situated in what the organization calls "a dangerous neighborhood."

They say they also need more room to serve families. So, they are hosting a benefit on April 26 at the Crawford House in Downtown Hattiesburg to raise money for a new Hub City facility.

"We need more space and we need to be able to provide more shelter to older boys and men and also to have transitional housing capabilities," said Becky Sims, director of the shelter.

"We want to do that we also want to bring the identity of the domestic abuse family shelter to the eye of the public," said Marcia Hartwig, president of the board.

A New Orleans band called the New Leviathan Oriental Fox Trot Orchestra will perform at the April 26 benefit. Guests are encouraged to show their spring spirit by donning hats to the event.

For ticket information, you can call 601-268-0724 or 601-649-2210. The suggested ticket price is $50.