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North Texas Woman Working To Open Burleson Women’s Shelter

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Burleson is growing.

Restaurants and shopping centers are going up, but the one thing missing is something Sally Blessing thinks is a necessity.

“We don’t have a shelter here and we’ve got over 36,000 people in Burleson area and no place for them to go,” Blessing said.

The Burleson mother is pushing for an abuse shelter for women and children in her town. She says the nearest one is either in Tarrant County or miles away and too far for abused women needing help.

Blessing is a survivor of domestic violence and remembers the roadblocks she faced when she tried to get help.

“I went to the local police station and they said well I’m sorry there is nothing we can do I said I’ve got three kids here what do I do,” says Blessing.

Now, the single mother of three is behind the concept for the Total Blessings Crisis Center for Women and Children.

It’s a place for abused women and children and will offer everything from a secure location, to counseling, to legal help.

Blessing has already gotten donations and registered the non-profit, but she’s trying to find a location which has been tough because she needs donations.

“We need this shelter now we don’t need it a year from now not two years from now.  We need it from now,” she said.

There is only one shelter in Johnson County.

Last year the location worked with some 300 hundred abuse victims, but that number is up from the year before when they helped almost 180 people.

“It’s very common for people to come in from other counties to seek our services,” explained Mary Lee Hafley, with SafeHaven in Tarrant County.

Hafley said the shelter there regularly help victims in Johnson County.

“If you are from a small town you may feel like if I go to the shelter or services in my small town someone will see me someone is going to know they are going to find out.”

Sally Blessing just thinks if a shelter was more accessible it would be easier for victims. She hopes to have “Total Blessings” open in a few months.

“I’m tired of seeing battered women and children become statistics on your news,” she said.

Other North Texas crisis and abuse centers -

Family Crisis Center of Johnson County

The Women’s Center of Tarrant County

Genesis Women’s Shelter

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