Visitation center gets grant from Impact 100 women’s group

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Published: Friday, December 7, 2012 at 02:02 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Crestview will have a new supervised visitation center for troubled families next year because of a group of women who want to make a difference in their community.

Impact 100 Northwest Florida was started in February with the goal of making significant improvements in Okaloosa and Walton counties. The group tries to bring together at least 100 women to contribute $1,000 each so it can present a local nonprofit group a $100,000 grant to fund a project.

The 128 members of Impact 100 voted last week to select the Judge Ben Gordon Jr. Family Visitation Center as the recipient of their first grant for $128,000.

“(The center) persuaded the women of Impact 100 that with $128,000, they could make an impact on their community,” said Michelle Anchors, president of Impact 100 Northwest Florida’s board of directors. “That’s exciting to us to see that there are children who will be able to visit their families in a safe and secure environment in the north end of the county, and that made an impact.

 “It’s been the most positive association with which I’ve ever been associated, and we just want to grow it because we can see the needs and you can see in 12 months that we’ll have a new facility at the Ben Gordon Visitation Center. Something that didn’t exist last year is going to exist next year because of Impact 100,” Anchors added.

The visitation center will use the money to buy a home in Crestview and add video cameras, offices, a secure entrance and a parking lot.

Sharon Rogers, executive director of the center, said they'd received a Safe Havens grant from the Department of Justice to fund the operation of a new Crestview center. However, that grant did not cover the purchase of the property.

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