SafeHouse of Shelby County Announces SouthWest Water Company Contribution to Construct Modern Playground and Fitness Area for Residents

SafeHouse Board Chairperson Kendall Janorschke (left) and SouthWest Water Company General Manager Craig Sorensen (right) announce plans for the new playground.

SafeHouse Board Chairperson Kendall Janorschke (left) and SouthWest Water Company General Manager Craig Sorensen (right) announce plans for the new playground.

SafeHouse of Shelby County, a domestic violence shelter located in Columbiana, announced today a significant contribution from SouthWest Water Company, which will be used to construct a modern playground and outdoor exercise area for residents.

Currently, the facility’s playground area is basically a grass lot with a playhouse, one swing set no longer usable and one, older, freestanding basketball goal set in grass without a court.

The new playground area will have play structures with slides, climbers and activity panels, including swings and shaded sitting areas for adults.

A walking track will be laid around the perimeter of the field.  There will also be an outdoor “Splash Pad” area with a “Shower Tower” set on a concrete pad that will spray water in the summer in a random pattern for kids to keep cool during hot summer months.

The basketball goal will be relocated with a new concrete half-court.  There will also be a fitness area designed for outdoor use and new outdoor exercise equipment.

“On behalf of the SafeHouse Board of Directors, I want to express our appreciation and gratitude to SouthWest Water Company for their generous donation of this playground.  We are extremely grateful for their investment into the lives of the children we serve.  The support of the community allows us to better serve our clients and continue working to serve those affected by domestic violence in our area,” said Kendall Janorschke, SafeHouse Board Chairperson.

SafeHouse was founded in 1989 by a group of concerned citizens who realized the great need for a domestic violence shelter in Shelby County.

SafeHouse provides services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in Coosa, Clay and Shelby counties as well as the City of Hoover.  Currently, 32 women and children live in the shelter with 15 of those children under the age of 12.

SafeHouse also currently provides support and counseling for 54 other women and children in the community who are victims of domestic or sexual violence.  SafeHouse is a non-profit organization dependent on community support and individual donations.

Since its founding, SafeHouse has provided shelter for over 5,000 domestic violence victims and provides such services free of charge.  SafeHouse also provides trained professional counselors to work with individuals who have sought shelter in the facility.

“SouthWest Water Company believes that leadership in our community is an important duty of ours.  As such, we embrace our responsibility as a good corporate citizen and commit to support worthwhile local causes that contribute to the betterment of the community.  This playground will give these innocent children a bright spot at a very difficult time in their young lives.  SouthWest Water is very pleased to be a part of this worthwhile effort,” said Craig Sorensen, General Manager, SouthWest Water Company.

“The donation of new playground equipment is an incredible gift for the women and children living in the SafeHouse shelter.  Due to safety concerns, our kids are unable to visit public parks and play areas, making it difficult for them to participate in outdoor activities.  With the addition of the playground, the children we serve will enjoy daily outdoor fun and physical activity.  It will also provide a wonderful opportunity for our moms to spend quality playtime with their children as well as compliment our other programs designed to strengthen family bonds,” said Erin Bodden, SafeHouse Executive Director.

SouthWest Water Company, with local headquarters in Pelham, owns or operates water and wastewater treatment facilities serving customers in Alabama, California, Oklahoma and Texas.

The company provides a broad range of operations, maintenance and management services including water production, treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, customer service, and utility infrastructure construction management.

Locally, SouthWest Water Company holds six wastewater utilities and operates other public and private facilities under specific terms