Community volunteers help Avalon Center enhance counseling services

Avalon Center, working to end domestic and sexual violence, has enhanced services to individuals at the Avalon Emergency Shelter Campus by creating a new counseling center on site with offices for the full-time children's counselor and adult counselor.

Thanks to collaboration among and contributions from several community entities, the project encompassed transforming a former storage and multipurpose space into the counseling center. Bruton Builders led by Lou Nucci of Bruton Parish Church, working with Grace and Tony Bascetta of A'More Enterprises, and BB&T Williamsburg collaborated to bring the project to fruition.

Over several months, these community volunteers provided expertise, time, energy and resources to repurpose existing structures. The old spaces were renovated and refurbished with counseling and office equipment to accommodate new clients. "We are just so fortunate in this community to have such giving, kind and talented experts willing to donate their time and efforts," says Avalon Executive Director Teresa Christin.

Currently Avalon is serving more than 600 people a year providing shelter, services, individual and group counseling, and education and prevention outreach. The new counseling space on the emergency shelter campus allows Avalon to better serve those residing on site. Through its Outreach Office, Avalon serves hundreds of area individuals and families who have their own housing yet need counseling and support services. Some 300 volunteers help Avalon throughout the year in various ways from childcare to legal advocacy.

Avalon Center was founded in 1978 and today works to end domestic and sexual violence in the Williamsburg region. Call the helpline 757-258-5051 for emergency shelter and support. For Outreach services call 757-258-5022. Visit for information about domestic and sexual violence and to learn of ways that you can help. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at AvalonVA.

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