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Miami Community Crisis Center Currently Overflowing with Need

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The Community Crisis Center in Miami, Oklahoma says the problem with domestic abuse continues to grow in the area.  It says the aging center, now overflowing with need, could us a few upgrades.

One woman we spoke with has been at the Community Crisis Center for the past three weeks, she says it served as her final refuge to get out of a domestically violent situation. Though it was scary to leave everything she knew, say says enough was enough.

"I didn't even know he was abusing my kids, but I left and came back and my kids were like screaming, there was a cigarette burn on one of them...and he tried to break is leg and stuff," the woman said.

And according to the Center's Executive Director this woman is not alone.

"Our former Police Chief George Haralson had said that they're only two things going on in Miami [involving crime] and that's domestic violence and meth labs, so we're kind of right up there with meth labs in terms of what kind of problem it is in our community," Executive Director DeeDee Cox said. 

According to the center it houses about 250 individuals every year, half of which are children, and they say it's a problem that's only getting worse in the area.

"With the down turn in the economy we just saw the increase grow and grow and grow it has been phenomenal, children are doubled up, some people are sleeping in sofas," Cox said. 

And with all the wear and tear of so many families living an average of two months in the space, coupled with the fact that the facilities haven't been renovated since 1989, Cox says it's about time. And that bathrooms and new floors are a the top of the list. Something the woman we interviewed appreciated.

"I'm more worried about the bathrooms I have three kids and we all share a room we don't have a bathroom," she said.  

The shelter says it has about $90,000 worth of renovations to make still on the current facility, and that they will have to wait until the money comes in to get things done.

They are also having a membership drive happening right now through august thirty first to help with the changes.

For more information on the Center visit their facebook page or website:

https://www.facebook.com/communitycrisiscenter

www.getmeout.org

Or call their Crisis Hotline at (800) 400-0883.

 

 

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