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Vicksburg’s Peni Center opens: Offers support for abuse victims



Vicksburg Police Chief Penny Jones
Vicksburg Police Chief Penny Jones (Photo by David Day)
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The Haven House Family Shelter in Vicksburg has long served as a refuge for victims of abuse. Now, a new initiative, the Peni Center, aims to provide further support to these individuals.

Established by Vicksburg Police Chief Penny Jones, the Peni Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering educational and life skills to women and girls recovering from abusive situations. The comprehensive program at the center covers essential skills such as résumé building, computer literacy, cash register operation, financial budgeting and self-defense. Moreover, the center has set its sights on assisting victims of sex trafficking.

The Peni Center, located at 1814 Sky Farm Ave, recently held its soft opening. During this event, Chief Jones highlighted that Vicksburg saw over 300 reported cases of domestic violence in the previous year. She hopes the center will play a pivotal role in providing the necessary support for these victims. Collaborations with other local entities, like the Haven House Family Shelter, are expected to enhance the assistance provided.

A noteworthy contribution to the center came from Daniel Jennings of Tiny Cottage Concept, LLC. At the opening, Jennings donated a “tiny house”, dubbed the Peni House, intended to serve as temporary accommodation for victims of domestic violence. Moved by the widespread issue of homelessness and the needs of abuse victims, Jennings aims to use his business as a force for good.

Those interested in supporting the Peni Center can make direct donations or contribute through CashApp under $PeniCenter. Funds raised will cater to the center’s operational costs, technological equipment and other essential supplies.

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