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In the Face of Adversity

It’s happening all the time: nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States (https://ncadv.org/statistics). That’s more than 10 million women and men a year. Domestic violence is not just a criminal issue; it is also a public health issue. Consider these health implications:

 

-Only about a third of those injured by a partner receive medical care

 

A Legacy of Inspirational Women

As I think about March being Women’s History Month, I think how blessed we are to live in a community with a legacy of so many inspiring women.

Catherine Evans Whitener was a young woman whose ideas and entrepreneurial spirit were the foundation for our local industry. Our United Way began when Mrs. M.E. Judd made a bet with Lamar Westcott. Lulu Westcott shared this piece of history with United Way in 1992.

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