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Frannie's House

A Domestic Violence Shelter in Altavista

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The Mission: To establish a domestic violence shelter and programming to serve women and children in need within the greater Campbell County area, and Pittsylvania County.

Background Information

Frannie’s House began with an initial contribution of $50,000 by members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church for a domestic violence shelter to serve Campbell County and surrounding area. Sixty-five residents, and local government officials, attended a town meeting on July 10, 2006, to learn about the critical need for a shelter in Altavista. A task force of 35 persons resulted from that town meeting. Task Force members dedicated their valuable time to monthly meetings for an entire year to carefully create the “Frannie’s Friends Steering Committee,” for the purpose of establishing a domestic violence shelter in Altavista.

Currently, there is no shelter in Altavista, except for the use of local hotels. The closest shelter is our Domestic Violence Prevention Center in Lynchburg, approximately 25 miles away.  In April 2010 the Domestic Violence Program and Center serving the area (located in Danville) closed permanently.  

On November 6, 2006, Task Force members met with YWCA Representatives. The YWCA presented the Task Force with a proposal to collaborate with the YWCA of Central Virginia and bring to fruition the Task Force’s desire and dream to provide a domestic violence shelter and services to victims in rural Campbell County. The proposal was accepted by the Task Force.

A community-driven Fundraising Campaign raised enough funds to purchased and renovate a house in Altavista and secure one year's operating expenses.

Frannie’s House will be a branch of the established YWCA Shelter in Lynchburg and administered by its staff. The Lynchburg program has been operational for over thirty years and, in addition to the required annual financial reporting and audits required for non-profit organizations, the Shelter conducts programmatic evaluations to plan, evaluate and maintain the Shelter’s excellent program. Frannie’s House will be administered in the same effective manner.

On July 7, 2010 Frannie's House Ribbon Cutting was held to initiate the start of this important endeavor.  Angela Davis, long-time employee of the YWCA, was named the Frannie's House Manager.  Work is still under way to raise funds for the future of Frannie's House.  Members of the Steering Committee, who helped establish Frannie's, will stay on as an Advisory Panel.

Contributions to continue Frannie's House can be made payable to:

YWCA - Frannie's House
626 Church Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504

For more information, please contact:

Caroline Hudson, YWCA Executive Director, chudsonywca@yahoo.com, (434) 847-7751 OR


The YWCA Domestic Violence Prevention Center at 528-1041 or 888-528-1041.


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