Shelter receives Heart of the Community Award from Greater Naples Chamber

The Shelter for Abused Women & Children was honored by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce with the Heart of the Community Award, Nov. 8, 2017, during a breakfast award ceremony at the Hilton Naples. The following are CEO Linda Oberhaus’ heart-felt words in acceptance of the award:

“It means so much for us at The Shelter to receive this recognition. The Heart of the Community is such a beautiful image. 

This community has given so much to The Shelter and to the people we serve, and in turn, The Shelter has aimed to spread its message of peace and the importance of healthy relationships. 

We say it often: we cannot have peace in our community until we first have peace in each of our homes. This is the mission that binds all of us together.

Sadly, this point was made 26 times over on Sunday in Sutherland Springs, Texas. That community is devastated. It’s heart was taken from it. We grieve with those families and we take seriously the lesson that they never meant to teach: that domestic violence is not a private issue, it’s not a family issue – it is a community issue.

We are extremely grateful to the Chamber for this honor, and we thank this community for the countless ways it supports The Shelter’s mission to make every home a peaceful home. Thank you!”

Also honored by the Chamber were Athrex, Business Expansion; SkyLink Data Center, Company to Watch; Barron Collier Companies, Pillar Award; Jennifer Trammel, Young Professional of the Year; and Sunshine Ace Hardware, Chairman’s Award. READ FULL NAPLES DAILY NEWS STORY