The Amelia Battered Ladies Education (ABLE) Training Center is expanding and is seeking the public’s assistance in the process.

The Sandy Springs-based nonprofit’s mission is to help women who survive domestic abuse become self-sufficient. It is seeking a place in Sandy Springs or a nearby community to build a facility for a long-term housing and job-training program where women can live up to a year at a time, said Sandra Washington, its CEO and founder.

Washington, who said she hopes to open the facility this summer, has started a fundraising campaign to gather the money needed to build the facility.

“It’s very important,” she said, adding with tax season here, now is a good time to donate to a tax-exempt organization such as the center.

Washington said she hopes to raise at least $100,000, and added the facility could be an existing building that could be rezoned to fit the center’s needs. She wants to devote one floor for housing and another for job-training programs.

Washington said she hopes to raise “as much as a I can because I have to at least get started (with the facility).”

To help the center with its property search or to make a donation, visit www.abletrainingcenter.org or call Washington at 1-888-406-1164, ext. 1.

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