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LACONIA — Zonta of the Lakes Region made a generous donation to New Beginnings – Without Violence and Abuse. Zonta of the Lakes Region is a part of Zonta International, a worldwide organization of women executives in businesses and the professions working together to improve the status of women. 
"This generous contribution will help us continue to provide crucial services to people in Belknap County whose lives have been affected by domestic and sexual violence" said Kitty Kiefer, Education and Outreach Coordinator at New Beginnings. "New Beginnings had the pleasure of addressing our local Zonta club at one of their meetings last fall. It is exciting to continue to develop our relationship and find additional ways to work together as we fulfill our similar missions."
As explained in their mission statement: New Beginnings' collaborates and educates to end sexual, domestic and stalking violence, advocates for and empowers individuals in a non-judgmental manner, and works toward social change by promoting an effective community response. New Beginnings accomplishes this by providing services such as: emergency shelter for those fleeing violence; support, advocacy, and crisis intervention for victims as well as for children who have witnessed violence; support groups for all ages; advocacy at the court, hospital, police department, and in navigating social systems and area resources; emergency transportation, food and financial assistance; and much more. Services are confidential, free-of-charge, and available 24-hours a day.

CAPTION — Phyllis Corrigan, a Lakes Region Zonta Club Director and Chairperson of the Service Committee presents Kitty Kiefer, Education and Outreach Coordinator of New Beginnings with a donation as part of the Zonta says NO campaign, which supports efforts to end violence against women. (Courtesy photo)