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Domestic violence center in need of goods, volunteers
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As the holidays draw to an end, the demand for help from Gateway Domestic Violence Center tends to increase, the center’s executive director Jessica Butler said.

“We’re really grateful that we’ve had so much good community support in the last year, so we are hopeful that it will continue in 2017,” she said.

Butler said the center is asking for donations as well as volunteers wishing to lend a hand in person.

“Some of the things we always need are just things we use to operate a household,” Butler said, including items such as trash bags, laundry detergent and disinfecting wipes.

A full “needs list” is available on the center’s website, Other items include batteries, cleaning supplies and umbrella strollers.

Monetary donations can also be made on the website.

Donated items can be taken to the center’s thrift stores, which can be found at 1080 Dawsonville Highway and 1642 Park Hill Drive.

Butler said volunteers will help answer crisis calls, work with children support groups and take care of other household duties.

“We use a lot of interns as volunteers, so we’re hoping that we’ll be having a new group of volunteers starting with the new semester in school,” Butler said. “We always need people to help with children support groups on Monday and Thursday evenings.”

Most of the training is on the job, Butler said.

People interested in volunteering should contact Shelby Kinsey at the shelter’s main number 770-536-5860 or at