March and April busy at SKWFS

 Abigail Stricklin, Outreach Coordinator for Sally Kate Winters Family Services spoke to the Rotary Club of West Point about the upcoming Spring Into Action 5K and Fun Run, April 14.
Staff Writer

Sally Kate Winters Family Services will be extremely visible during the months of March and April with National Safe Place Week taking place on March 18-24, and the the Spring Into Action 5K and Fun Run, April 14.

Abigail Stricklin joined Sally Kate Winter Family Services in August, 2017, as Outreach Coordinator. She talked to the members of the Rotary Club of West Point about the upcoming events SKWFS will be sponsoring.

"We have National Safe Place Week coming up March 18-24.This nationally recognized week highlights the Safe Place program," Stricklin said. "These 'safe places' are fire stations, libraries and local businesses that have the 'Safe Place' sign on their premises. They serve young people who are in crisis and don't know where to turn by referring them to us."

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Stricklin said. This month and throughout the year, Sally Kate Winters encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making the community a better place for children and families.

"We are having our ninth year of the Spring Into Action 5K and Fun Run," Stricklin said. "This year we are doing online fundraising as well. Groups or businesses, even individuals can help us by asking friends or relatives for a $5 or $10 donation. This way people who don't do 5K's can still help us take care of the children."

Stricklin said these are some ways people can make a difference and help us to continue to offer a place for abused and neglected children to be safe:

- Become a sponsor of our 9th Annual Spring Into Action 5K 
- Volunteer for or attend any of Sally Kate Winters Family Services' events throughout April
- Become a SKW Hero and lead a team to raise money on behalf of Child Abuse Prevention Month 

"We provide shelter and crisis intervention services for abused, neglected, and homeless children, The emergency shelter program seeks to bring humanity, love, and respect into the lives of children during their time of crisis," Stricklin said. "We serve up to twelve children at any one time representing the ages of birth through seventeen, this program provides a wholesome, homelike environment for up to a 45-day placement."

Stricklin said SKWFS provides services for:

Emergency shelter
Runaway and homeless youth
Children's advocacy center
Transitional living
For more information, to sign up for the Spring Into Action 5K and Fun Run, or make a donation to Sally Kate Winters Family Services, visit