TUSCALOOSA COUNTY, Ala. — After decades of service, Tuscaloosa County's only long-term domestic violence shelter is closing its doors. King's Home served women and children free of charge.
"A safe place to stay, a safe place for their children where they can provide stability, where they can move toward self-sufficiency," Site Director Yolanda Williams said.
The non-profit took a major financial blow last year. America's Thrift Stores dropped their partnership, causing them to lose $750,000 in funding. American's Thrift Stores has not yet returned our request for comment.
"I have one family, we pulled up to the place she was supposed to go and she said, 'I don't want to get out, I want to stay,'" Williams said, "That's the most heartbreaking thing about it. Some people don't have a place to go."
Twenty-four women and children from King's Home moved in with family or were placed at another shelter location.
President Lew Burdette hoped the closure would be temporary.
"We know it's no little girl's dream to grow up and live at Hannah Home. But if we can stand in the gap with them at the time they need it most, and save money, then what a blessing that is," Burdette said.
The organization needs at least $400,000 annually to keep the doors open.
After years of helping the community, Burdette is now looking at them for help.
Women in Tuscaloosa County can still call the King's Home organization for help. They will do their best to place you in a shelter.
If you, or someone you know needs help getting out of a domestic violence situation, call the Alabama statewide hotline at 1-800-650-6522.