|To the Editor: Cocoon appreciates Valentine's generosity|
|Written by Michelle Clossick|
|Tuesday, 30 April 2013 09:27|
I am writing in response to the recent death of Doug Valentine. At the Cocoon Shelter we experienced a side of Mr. Valentine that many never saw. In 2004, Doug was approached by his pastor and asked if he had property that could be used to house victims fleeing domestic violence. Seemingly without hesitation, he said that he had property that he would make available. With that decision, the Cocoon Shelter, the first and only shelter to provide comprehensive services for survivors of abuse located in Wood County, was made possible. For seven years, Mr. Valentine, his family, and staff enabled the Cocoon to provide over 21,000 nights of safe emergency housing to nearly 500 adult victims and their children fleeing abuse at no cost to the agency.
Had the Cocoon been paying for rent, maintenance, and repairs during this time, it would have cost well over $250,000. We would like to publicly recognize Mr. Valentine's generosity and the difference it has made for so many in our community.
The Cocoon Shelter
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