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December 23, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. — Members of the Forsyth Lanier Rotary Club used their time off from their usual jobs to help Forsyth County Family Haven prepare for the holidays.

About 20 Rotarians spent their day prepping and painting areas in the shelter.

The event was arranged by Family Haven Board member Marie Dinsmore.

"Several rooms were in great need of a coat of paint," said Dinsmore. "With the help of Home Depot and BEHR paint, fellow board members, Rotarians and other interested parties, we were able to get enough paint and volunteers to take care of the rooms that needed attention."

"As Rotarians, we believe in 'service above self,'" said Rotary President Clayton Rhoads. "Local community service opportunities like this are the reason why Rotary is great. We can do so much more as a team than we can do on our own."

After lunch from Lenny's Atlanta, the Rotarians resumed painting.

"I couldn't believe how much we got painted in about four hours," said Rhoads. "We're so thrilled that we could help the victims of domestic violence in this small way."

Members of the Rotary Club willingly offered to help with future projects as needed by the shelter.

Forsyth County Family Haven is an advocate for victims and families of domestic violence, which provides shelter, programs and community education to end the cycle of violence.

It is a nonprofit organization serving Forsyth and North Fulton counties where services are free of charge to all victims of domestic violence regardless of socioeconomic status.

"We are so grateful to everyone that helped us," said Mille Irizarry, executive director of Family Haven. "Our rooms look almost brand new with the fresh coat of paint."

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