Arkansas Valley Resource Center pays off mortgage

Victims’ Rights Week is the proper time for the shredding of the mortgage on the Arkansas Valley Resource Center’s main building. The organization provides shelter and aid for the victims of crime and domestic abuse in Otero County and now has Memorandums of Understanding with 33 other organizations to help them out in times of trouble.

Their motto for the year is “Expanding the Circle.” The AVRMC was begun in 1983 in an effort to offer safety to victims of crime and domestic abuse, a safe place where they could go and take their children.

The mortgage was taken out 16 years ago with the help of Jan and Bob Blair for $65,000 to recondition and rehabilitate their building to provide shelter and aid for those in need of protection. The original arrangement was for 15 years, “And we’re only a year late,” said Sandy Leonard, CEO of AVRC.

She and Jan Blair shredded the mortgage as staff and guests looked on and applauded. It was originally scheduled to be a mortgage burning, but the red flag day was not a good time to start a fire outdoors.

The main building at Arkansas Valley Resource Center has undergone a lot of remodeling over the years, and now the organization will start on Blair House, which is behind the headquarters building. The plans show a cheerful center where victims of crime and domestic abuse can go and be safe and cared for with their children in more comfort.