More than two decades ago, Terry Morris saw the need for a local domestic violence shelter — a place for women of Rim Country and the Valley to escape abuse.
Before the shelter, the floor of the police department had housed women temporarily.
With a little nudging, the Baptist Church came forward with a three-bedroom home and charged just a dollar a year in rent. The town council offered funding and volunteers helped spruce up the space.
Today, that home is part of five buildings that make up Time Out Inc.
Last year, the organization helped hundreds of women and children, as well as 17 men, find shelter from abuse.
On Sunday, Time Out celebrated its 22nd anniversary and honored its volunteers at a luncheon at the Oxbow.
Those honored included the 10 volunteers who had donated the most hours last year, including Betty Scott, Mariska Stoddard, Deanna Stewart, Ken Maloney, Deb Juenger, Vicki West (pictured at right in top right photo), Sue Padilla and Nancy Watson. Lois McLymonds was given the Unsung Heroine Award and Nancy and Bob Watson the Volunteers of the Year award.
Curtis Palace Electric was crowned Business of the Year for its help at the shelter and the Founder’s Award was given to Jean Oliver (pictured at right in top left photo).