Domestic violence shelter in Washington receives grant to rebuild

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WASHINGTON, N.C. (WNCT) – Hundreds of homes and businesses in eastern North Carolina were damaged by Matthew, including a domestic violence shelter, Ruth’s House, in Washington.

More than a foot of water flooded the bottom floor of Ruth’s House ruining the carpet, dry-wall, air conditioner and other appliances.

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The damage is expected to cost tens of thousands of dollars and forced clients to evacuate for nearly two weeks.

“They’re already in such a vulnerable state, and then to have to give up their shelter, their safe spot, it was really hard, it was difficult,” said Valerie Kines, executive director of Ruth’s House. “There were tears shed on staff and our clients.”

Ruth’s House just received a $50,000 grant from the state that will be used to repair damage from Matthew and assist domestic violence victims

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