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Beacon of Hope award recipients include WV DHS specialist



July 1, 2020


Beacon of Hope award recipients include W.Va. DHS specialist


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Advocates for victims of crime have honored a West Virginia criminal justice specialist for the support he provides them and the people they serve.


Hunter J. Roberts, a program specialist at the Justice and Community Services section of the Division of Administrative Services, is this year’s State Level Partner recipient of the Beacon of Hope awards bestowed by the Lewisburg-based Family Refuge Center.


“Hunter is recognized for his willingness to go above and beyond, and to answer any question quickly and promptly,” said Nicole Limerez, Family Refuge Center’s financial director. “We know we can always count on Hunter!”


The community-based domestic violence project serves Greenbrier as well as Mercer, Monroe and Pocahontas counties. It held a virtual 2020 Beacon of Hope award ceremony Tuesday from Lewisburg. The annual ceremony is typically also a luncheon and is held during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in April, but was postponed and altered because of COVID-19.


“Family Refuge Center is a great program and does many great things for the survivors of Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, and Pocahontas counties,” Roberts said. “I truly appreciate this award and am very honored to assist them in every way I can.”


The Division of Administrative Services is part of the W.Va. Department of Homeland Security. Among other duties, the Justice and Community Service section identifies, secures and helps distribute vital funding opportunities such as from the federal Victim of Crime Act Victim Assistance and Stop Violence Against Women programs.


“Hunter is a bright, hardworking and conscientious young man who has a very rewarding career ahead of him in the criminal justice field,” said Division of Administrative Services Deputy Director Joe Thornton.  “His professional demeanor, willingness to assist and dedication to the mission of Justice and Community Services are representative of his being recognized by victim service organizations. Hunter represents state employees in a consistently positive manner and he truly embodies the many key personality traits and professional abilities necessary to succeed on any level.”


The Family Refuge Center has posted the video of its virtual awards announcement on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/78452843278/videos/1729752273840574.


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LAWRENCE MESSINA (304) 957-2515 Lawrence.C.Messina@wv.gov