By SHANNEN TALBOT
Staff Reporter 

'Dignity and hope'

West Plains domestic violence charity plans fundraising banquet

 

Shannen Talbot

WHEN president and CEO Mable Dunbar stands with former client Sadie Reddy in front of empty shelves at Cleone's Closet Food Pantry. Just one hour earlier, those shelves were full of donated food for West Plains residents.

Airway Heights resident Sadie Reddy is the human embodiment of soda carbonation. The 23-year-old bounces when she sits, routinely throws her arms joyfully around the nearest person and brings an aura of happy chaos when she enters a room.

Bubbly, effusive and infectious, you'd never guess she was once a victim of abuse.

Reddy left an abusive relationship less than a year ago, and found the Women's Healing and Empowerment Network (WHEN) in the West Plains. Through it, she says, she discovered new things about herself and thanks to its support group for abused women and children, has a plan...



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