Do it Tonight: Community Vigil in Mount Vernon City Square

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Knox County domestic violence shelter New Directions is holding an open community vigil tonight in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The vigil will commemorate victims, celebrate survivors and focus on healthy relationships. If you want to show your support, stop by the Mount Vernon City Square (right in the center of town) — all are welcome to attend!

  • What : Community Vigil
  • Where : Mount Vernon City Square
  • When : Tonight, Tuesday, October 21st, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Interview with Matt Hellman, Executive Director for New Directions Shelter

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Earlier this week, the Thrill had the privilege of speaking to Matt Hellman, executive director for New Directions, the domestic abuse shelter of Knox County (and husband of Housing and ResLife director Jill Engel-Hellman). Our discussion with Matt is featured in honor of Take Back the Night Week, in order to shed light on resources for survivors of assault and abuse in and around Knox County.
Can you explain the mission of New Directions, and give a short overview of what you do?
  • The mission of New Directions is to work with the Knox County community to promote healthy and loving relationships.  New Directions offers safe housing to persons escaping domestic violence, a 24-hour hotline, legal advocacy, sexual assault services and community education.  More information is available at newdirectionsshelter.org.  The hotline number is (740) 397-4357.
How long have you served as director of New Directions?
  • New Directions’ first and only executive director, Mary Hendrickson, passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2014.  I was hired by New Directions’ Board of Directors and started six weeks ago on August 19th.

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