1st TSC volunteers wrap up Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month making SpringHaven look a little brighter

By Barbara GersnaMay 6, 2021

Soldiers from 1st Theater Sustainment Command spread mulch on the playground at SpringHaven Domestic Violence Shelter in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, April 30, 2021. Thirty volunteers helped beautify the playground and gardens in support of Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from 1st Theater Sustainment Command spread mulch on the playground at SpringHaven Domestic Violence Shelter in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, April 30, 2021. Thirty volunteers helped beautify the playground and gardens in support of Sexual Assault and Awareness Prevention Month. (Photo Credit: Barbara Gersna) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class Carol Newland, sexual assault and response coordinator, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, pulls weeds on the playground at SpringHaven Domestic Violence Shelter in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, April 30, 2021. Thirty 1st TSC Soldiers spent the afternoon volunteering and cleaning up the grounds in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month..
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Carol Newland, sexual assault and response coordinator, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, pulls weeds on the playground at SpringHaven Domestic Violence Shelter in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, April 30, 2021. Thirty 1st TSC Soldiers spent the afternoon volunteering and cleaning up the grounds in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.. (Photo Credit: Barbara Gersna) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pvt. Justin Melendez, information technology specialist, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, spreads mulch on the playground at SpringHaven Domestic Violence Shelter in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, April 30, 2021. Melendez, along with his fellow Soldiers from the 1st TSC G-6 section, volunteered beautifying the grounds in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pvt. Justin Melendez, information technology specialist, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, spreads mulch on the playground at SpringHaven Domestic Violence Shelter in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, April 30, 2021. Melendez, along with his fellow Soldiers from the 1st TSC G-6 section, volunteered beautifying the grounds in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo Credit: Barbara Gersna) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pvt. Logan Johnson, information technology specialist, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, and Spc. Andrew Collins, information technology specialist, 1st TSC, plant hostas at SpringHaven Domestic Violence Shelter in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, April 30, 2021. The Soldiers were part of a crew of 30 volunteers from 1st TSC helping beautify the gardens at the facility in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pvt. Logan Johnson, information technology specialist, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, and Spc. Andrew Collins, information technology specialist, 1st TSC, plant hostas at SpringHaven Domestic Violence Shelter in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, April 30, 2021. The Soldiers were part of a crew of 30 volunteers from 1st TSC helping beautify the gardens at the facility in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. (Photo Credit: Barbara Gersna) VIEW ORIGINAL
Volunteers from 1st Theater Sustainment Command spent an afternoon of yard beautification April 30, 2021 at SpringHaven Domestic Violence Shelter in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. The volunteers' efforts, in support of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, included spreading mulch, weeding, and planting flowers.
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Volunteers from the 1st Theater Sustainment Command wrapped up Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month with some community service at the SpringHaven Inc., domestic violence shelter in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, April 30.

About 30 Soldiers and civilian employees delivered donations collected throughout the month, and then spent Friday afternoon conducting area beautification, which included weeding and spreading new mulch on the playground. They also weeded other gardens and planted flowers and hostas.

SpringHaven’s mission is to educate the community, be advocates for social change, and empower victims of domestic violence. They provide 24-hour assistance, seven days a week to anyone who is a victim of spouse or partner abuse. Their services are also available to any Fort Knox Soldier or spouse who needs help. “People often think that only women need these services, but sometimes men do as well,” Executive Director Tanya Thomas said.

Thomas said, “There has been a pandemic within the pandemic.” She explained that fewer people actually came to stay in the shelter during the past year. “I think victims felt more at risk leaving their living situations with COVID-19, but now we see more calls and counseling.” She also said that she has seen more violence recently.

All of their services are free. In addition to a safe place to stay together with children, they also offer a 24-hour crisis line, counseling, legal advocacy, and support groups. The non-profit agency is funded primarily with grants, donations, fundraisers, and by the United Way.

“We really appreciate all of the donations and volunteers here today,” she added. “We survive on donations, and we couldn’t do all that we do without help from our community.”

Soldiers from 1st TSC said they were happy to help. “It’s always important to help in our community, because a lot of people need help from time to time,” Pvt. Justin Melendez, IT specialist, 1st TSC, said.

Sgt. Shanequlissia Goode, ammunition stock specialist, 1st TSC, said, “I am happy to be here and volunteer. I enjoy doing community service, and I also want to set a good example for the younger soldiers.”

Capt. Nicole McCoy, sexual harassment assault response and program manager, 1st TSC, said, “I am so happy to see so many Soldiers out here helping.” She said that this was an ideal way to wrap up SAAPM.

The playground and the flower beds were all weeded and ready to provide residents with serene outdoor spaces and a clean and safe area for their children to play.