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Alamo emergency shelter provides 'Safe Haven' for abused children in RGV

The Safe Haven for Kids Emergency Shelter aims to assist abused children in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Safe Haven for Kids Emergency Shelter in Alamo aims to assist abused children in the Rio Grande Valley.

Expected to open on Sept. 30, the shelter will provide housing for 16 children ranging in age from 10 years old and younger.

Safe Haven Director of Residential Services Melody Garcia says Hidalgo County is ranked seven in the state with the most child abuse cases.

"I feel if people knew that, they would do more to help," Garcia said. "For us to be the first entity to provide this service is something the community would be really excited to support it."

The shelter will also provide a series of programs to help children with anger or healing.

“We’re doing this work for the kids in the community and for the community's future because the kids are going to be the community when they grow up," Garcia said.



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