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Justice in Motion proceeds presented to two domestic violence shelters

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JONESBOROUGH, TN (WJHL) - First Judicial District Attorney General Tony Clark and Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal presented a check to two local domestic violence shelters Wednesday afternoon, following their April run/walk event.

According to a WCSO news release, both Clark and Graybeal helped present Safe Passage of Johnson City and CHIPS of Erwin with $2,750 each from the proceeds raised from the April 26 Justice in Motion 5K run/walk.

Safe Passage is an emergency shelter and outreach program that serves victims of domestic violence and their children. The shelter is a 16-bed facility and also runs an outreach office for those that don't need emergency shelter. 

Lynn Armstrong says, "Most victims have absolutely no resources when they come into the organization. And that means everything from not a toothbrush to not a stick of clothing so it does take a lot to assist someone. They are typically injured or in fear of injury." Safe Passage serves almost 600 people each year.

CHIPs serves Carter, Greene and Unicoi counties and served over 300 clients last year. Jewel Deboard of CHIPs added, "this is a huge asset to our program, we are trying to expand services right now and include transitional housing and this is going to be a huge help us grow our program and our services."

The check presentation was held at 3 p.m. at the George Jaynes Justice Center in Jonesborough.

According to the release, the 3rd annual Justice in Motion 5K had 224 participants this year.

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