Wiregrass Angel House holds appreciation dinner; survivor thankful for support

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Wiregrass Angel House held an appreciation dinner for its volunteers Thursday evening.

Year after year, the Angel House advocates for the families of homicide victims by offering assistance when communicating with members and workers of the criminal justice system as well as providing emotional and physical support following tragedies.

Thursday’s event served as a reminder of how crucial volunteers are to the program’s success.

“They are extremely important. We have so many things we do throughout the year. All the law enforcement and our volunteers and donors that come together and just kind of help us do and be who we are,” Katy Cook Lewis said.

During the appreciation dinner, volunteers were able to hear a testimonial from a woman whose life has been impacted by the Wiregrass Angel House.

After losing her daughter and grandson in 2013, Kathy Kowalsky says the Wiregrass Angel House was there to help her and her family learn about their own rights as well as provide them with comfort and love.

“They were there from the beginning. Really just been a lifeline. Shelly Linderman has been with us since day one and she continues to be with us as well as the different groups within Wiregrass Angel House,” Kowalsky said.

The Wiregrass Angel House’s next big event will be its golf tournament set for April 23.

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