Southeast Corrections, in cooperation with the Chatham County District Attorney’s Office and Recorder’s Court Judge Claire Cornwell Williams, announced the results of their month long blanket and gift card drive to benefit the Chatham Savannah Homeless Authority and SAFE Shelter (Savannah Area Family Emergency). During the month of December of this year, more than $1,400 worth of blankets were donated to Southeast Corrections by misdemeanor probationers to benefit the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless. These donations were distributed the week of December 23 to residents of area homeless shelters and camps. In addition to the blankets collected, probationers also donated more than $1,524 worth of gift cards from local retailers. These cards were used by SAFE Shelter over the holidays to benefit children presently residing at their facility.
This outreach initiative was conceived by State Court Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney, Andre Pretorius and Recorder’s Court Judge Claire Cornwell Williams as a way to provide a benefit to the local homeless population and the large number of children residing at SAFE Shelter over the holidays. This drive also gave misdemeanor probationers the opportunity to fulfill a portion of their community service requirements. Pretorius said “After discussing this idea with Judge Williams, District Attorney Meg Heap and I met with Janice Sheffield, Executive Director of the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless.
The drive was a great way to establish good faith contact with the local homeless population and inform them of the assistance available to them through the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless, as well as to provide a benefit to the children residing at SAFE Shelter who have been impacted by domestic violence.”