BENNINGTON -- The Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter announces that WCW Carpet Warehouse of Bennington has made a generous donation to help refurbish the shelter, which provides emergency housing to women and their children in Rutland County and neighboring communities who are fleeing a domestic violence situation.

"We’re especially grateful to Bill Baca for providing the new carpet for the shelter, which really helps us to make our limited resources stretch further" said Marianne Kennedy, Esq., executive director, "and we’re lucky to have his support as an important part of the help we have received from businesses in Rutland and Bennington Counties."

"The mission of the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter is to help protect the lives of women and children who have been the victims of abuse, and to help prevent further instances by educating the community about the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault," said Marianne Kennedy, Executive Director, as she addressed the group. "Our focus is on prevention, protection, and service to our community. As we know too well, domestic violence can touch families anywhere, and it is because of financial support from the community and in-kind contributions like this that we continue to serve those who seek assistance in moving forward to a safer life."

The Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter (RCWNS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is dedicated to assisting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault through efforts at prevention, protection, and education in the communities of Rutland County, with the goal of preventing and decreasing incidents of further abuse. RCWNS is a United Way member agency. For the 24-hour crisis hotline call 802-775-3232. To learn more about the Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter visit www.rcwn.org, or call the office at 802-775-6788.