Savannah NOW – Rape Crisis Center honors former executive director with new name, Mary’s Place


By Bunny Ware for Savannah Morning News — Mary’s Place Advocacy Prevention and Sexual Assault Center of the Coastal Empire held a New Look, New Name VIP Reception at the Savannah Jaycees Hut located at 101 Atlas Street, on Feb. 23.

Accepting an invite from Simply Savannah’s Katie Davis and Dru Usry for a VIP Reception announcing the new name from the formerly known Rape Crisis Center, I head to the recently renovated Jaycees Hut for a lively off site reception.

Standing under a red and teal balloon arch is Mary’s Place Executive Director Doris L. Williams. Looking fierce and fab in red, Doris is talking with Mary McAllister, one of the original seven volunteers of the crisis line who later served as the executive director for 32 years.

There is no way it has been nine years since Mary retired so I ask what has happened since I saw her last. “After retiring I was able to join my husband Bob in managing the Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn off Chatham Square. Maintaining a historic inn takes all my time,” shares the avid traveler.

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