Very few people could imagine a work day of helping those who are physically or mentally abused, let alone call the job rewarding.
Yet this is how victim witness coordinator Rhonda Weber describes her job with the Advocacy and Resource Center of Sheridan.
Being on call to help those who've been victims of violent crimes is challenging, as one might imagine. But, as she said, the rewards are great, which came as a surprise. The job is one she hadn't really envisioned for herself, but rather fell into and found to be a fit.
She said her work and that of the non-profit center is made available through federal grants and funding from both the city and county, along with private donations and fund-raisers. So, it's events like the upcoming Shopapalooza “shopping for a cause” night that becomes a great way to support the center and walk away with a bargain pair of gently used shoes, or purse, jewelry and accessories.
Tickets for Thursday's event are $10. The Shopapalooza counters will be open from 5:30-8 at the Black Tooth Brewery on the corner of Alger and Broadway in Sheridan. Organizers will accept credit cards.