IMMOKALEE - Downtown Immokalee got a colorful surprise around 5 p.m., Oct. 19, as The Shelter for Abused Women & Children held a Peace Parade down main street.
In honor of October’s National Domestic Violence Month, The Shelter traditionally holds the Immokalee Children’s Peace Fair. This year, due to COVID-19, organizers replaced the fair with a Peace Parade featuring 22 cars decked out in colorful balloons and banners. The group gathered at the Immokalee Sports Complex and, with the help of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the caravan completed the route traditionally used for the Peace March to raise a call to end domestic violence.
“This has always been a very special event for The Shelter,” says Shelter CEO Linda Oberhaus, “This year it was even more important as the new Immokalee shelter is open and serving survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. We knew we wouldn’t be able to safely host the traditional booths and children’s games so this parade was a way for us to reach out and let the community know we are here for them.”
For more information on The Shelter, go to naplesshelter.org. For more information on the Immokalee Outreach Office, call 239-657-5700.