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Lily Pad expands south

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –  Albany's Lily Pad is expanding services to Thomasville and Cairo. The non-profit is merging with the Treehouse in Thomasville and the South Georgia Children's Advocacy Center in Cairo to provide counseling and exams for sexual assault victims.

Right now some people have to drive 60 miles to Albany for help. The Cairo satellite center is already set up for medical exams. That service should be available in Thomasville in a few months.

Lily Pad also plans to train new nurses in the area.

"One of the things we really want to do is make sure any adult or child that is sexually assaulted in Southwest Georgia has the same services that they might get if they were in metro Atlanta for example. We have previously been very under served in this region of Georgia," said Karen Kemp, Lily Pad Executive Director.

The Lily Pad now serves 35 counties, the largest area served by any sexual assault organization in the state. 80% of their funding comes from state and federal grants but people in Cairo and Thomasville raised a lot of money locally to make the new centers possible.

 
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