Originally created 09/22/05

Volunteer, employee of the year honored at Safe Homes meeting



Officials at Safe Homes of Augusta recognized people who had done more than their duties at the organization's annual meeting Sept. 13 at Augusta Country Club.

Not only did Maggie Tucker's dedication land her a full-time job but it also garnered her the title of Volunteer of the Year.

"From the feedback we get, there couldn't be a more deserving person," said Sandra Johnson, the executive director of Safe Homes.

Before becoming the agency's assistant director and on-site counselor, Ms. Tucker worked as a professional counselor and volunteered to conduct the organization's weekly support groups.

Ms. Tucker said she'd accept the award only if she could say a special thank you to all of the other volunteers who "give so much of their time, energy and enthusiasm."

The organization also recognized Annette Glenn, an administrative coordinator as Employee of the Year. Ms. Glenn has worked at Safe Homes for nine years and held several different jobs.

"She's literally my right-hand man," said Ms. Johnson. "She's a real team player."

The organization presented the Brad Means Media Award to Renita Crawford of television station WJBF (Channel 6) for the cumulative work she's done reporting on domestic violence issues.

In other business, the organization welcomed its new board members, Julia Bloodworth, Katie Jones and Laurel Landon.

In her state of the agency address, board President Liz Stewart said she pointed out two focus areas at last year's meeting - board development and a new shelter search.

She said the board had fulfilled the first one, but the second one was still ongoing. Board members have searched so much for a new emergency shelter that the joke around the office is that board members should finally have a real estate license by now.

While the agency provided emergency shelter to 84 women and 65 children last year, and served 697 women, 201 children and 21 men, nearly the same amount of people had to be turned away, Ms. Stewart said.

After the awards and general meeting, magician Bill Herz entertained the audience with his mind-reading tricks and other illusions.

For more information about Safe Homes and its programs, call 736-2499.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.