Laurie’s House marks 20-year anniversary

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A St. Albans domestic violence survivor shelter celebrates 20 years of serving Franklin County. The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s Voices Against Violence program opened the doors to Laurie’s House in 2002. It serves as a place domestic violence victims can find somewhere safe to stay.

Since its beginning, Voices Against Violence at Laurie’s House has helped 1,218 adults and children. Director of the program Kris Lukens noted, “we’ve come a long way in 20 years.” She explained the origin of the name; “we named the shelter in honor of a Franklin County woman who was killed by her partner, and we honor her by calling the shelter Laurie’s House, it seemed fitting.”