ORLANDO, Fla. – Harbor House held its annual Purple Door Fundraising Breakfast on Wednesday.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry L. Demings spoke about the community-wide impact to combating domestic violence in Central Florida. Harbor House Interim CEO Laurel Lynch and board members also attended the event, which was held at First Baptist Church on John Young Parkway.
"We have to step up and help the people when they want help and that's what Harbor House does," Lynch said.
Founded in 1976, Harbor House has gone from an unassuming home to becoming Orange County's only 24/7 certified domestic violence shelter and this year it is marking 40 years of service.
Kelly Green, who spoke at Wednesday's breakfast, urged anyone in need to take the first step toward getting help.
"A program like this can really make a difference and can save a life," Green said. "It's really just making that first step. Admitting there's a problem and just making some type of effort."
October is domestic violence awareness month and the color purple has become the symbol of helping victims of domestic violence.
Harbor House's crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day at 407-886-2856.
For more information on how to help, visit www.harborhousefl.com.