Community Welcome House: A Safe Place for Hope

A Safe Place for Hope

* Name changed.

He took Hope to an abandoned house, no running water. He took her clothes, her shoes. And then he sent in his dealers, every man he owed money. He retrieved her after three days of no food, no water. And he wanted sex. When she told him where to go, he beat her and refused to give her any food.

This wasn’t the first time he’d pimped and starved Hope. Why not say no? He threatened to break her arm. She believed him. He’s broken it twice before. And her jaw, her teeth, her feet and her ribs.

Why not just leave? She’d tried to leave him, gotten a restraining order. Of the 89 charges on his criminal record, 32 were for assaulting her. 19 happened after the restraining order. Because of his violence she lost custody of her children. “I couldn’t keep them safe,” said Hope.

Hope left and wandered for two days. Five days without food, Hope said, “I was so hungry. I could have hurt somebody for a burger. I had no one to call and nowhere to go.”

Then, he found her. He smashed her cell phone. Then he smashed her until an “angel” intervened. And called Community Welcome House.

30-year-old Hope arrived at Welcome House bruised and pregnant. She stayed in bed for three days. She stayed inside for two and a half weeks. It was month before she could sleep with the lights off.

Hope says, “I wouldn’t have stayed in that relationship as long as I had, if I had known this place existed. But I think it’s good that it’s secret, because I feel safe here.”

Welcome House got Hope medical care she needed. She said, “I’m safe and I’m healthy. The baby is healthy. They were concerned because I lost a lot of weight.”

Hope has a vision board on the wall of her Welcome House room. She’d like to work again in medicine, but needs to move away to protect herself and her unborn child. She said of Community Welcome House, “You don’t get comfortable in a place like this. This is a stepping-stone. This place provides hope. They give you good resources to rebuild your life. I’m really grateful to be here.”

She’s making plans to relocate, plans that don’t include trips to the E.R. “I have the right to live without fear. I know I can make it. It’s all because I got here,” said Hope.

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Luau Party July 23rd!

Luau Party July 23rd!

Support CWH on July 23rd from 7:45-11:00am and 3:00-6:00pm. The place: Advanced Chiropractic, 35 Jackson Street in Newnan. For more information call: 770.253.5040

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Peachtree SOMA has CWH fundraiser for needed intimate apparel

Soma bra donation campaign logo
NNEDV is excited to announce its partnership with Soma Intimates on its “Giving is Beautiful” Bra Donation Campaign.Between January 12th and February 26th, you can donate both new and gently used bras at Soma Intimates boutiques across the country. All of the bras collected during the campaign will then be donated to a local domestic violence shelter that is partnering with the 182 participating boutiques.First launched in July 2010, this marks the fourth bi-annual bra donation initiative for Soma Intimates. To date, Soma has collected over 145,000 bras to help women in need across the country.
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Coweta Dancing with Stars: April 2012

April 18th 2012, 7:00 p.m.
Centre for Performing and Visual Arts
1523 Lower Fayetteville Road Newnan, Georgia 30263

How Dancing with Stars works

The Stars

In August of the previous year, local well known community-minded leaders are chosen to participate in Dancing with Stars.  They are paired up with an instructor and a dance they will perform is chosen.   They begin to rehearse beginning in December and continue until the event in April. They are given a list of guidelines. These state what is expected of them and gives them levels of sponsors for the dancers themselves to complete for the People’s Choice Award. In order to make the most from the event, we also begin seeking sponsorships for the event itself

Sponsorship

The dancers will begin gathering sponsors for themselves which count as votes. Each $1 counts as a vote.

Voting

Voting begins in March and is a month in duration.  CWH staff will provide the weekly voting statistics of each Star.  If you don’t like the statistics, you must participate by pledging to support your Star. This is how the People’s Choice is chosen.

Party!

We will have a VIP “Meet the Stars” party in April after with refreshments. Don’t miss out!  Details to follow.

Coweta’s Dancing Stars Sponsorship Opportunities

Crystal of Excellence: $1,000
Recognition on web site and program
8 tickets for preferred seating to Coweta’s Dancing Stars
Access to the VIP “Meet the Stars” party
Hors d’ oeuvres and beverages during VIP “Meet the Stars” party

Silver Scroll: $500
Recognition on web site and program
4 tickets for preferred seating to Coweta’s Dancing Stars
Access to the VIP “Meet the Stars” party
Hors d’ oeuvres and beverages during VIP “Meet the Stars” party

Legion of Honor: $250
Recognition on web site and program
2 tickets for preferred seating to Coweta’s Dancing Stars
Access to the VIP “Meet the Stars” party
Hors d’ oeuvres and beverages during VIP “Meet the Stars” party

For more information e-mail Judi Alvey at Judi_Alvey@cable.comcast.com
or visit our web site at www.communitywelcomehouse.org, then click on
“Coweta’s Dancing Stars”

Form in pdf format: Coweta dance sponsor registration form 2012

Return form to: The Community Welcome House, P.O. Box 1631, Newnan, Georgia 30264
Name of Individual:____________________________________________________________________
Company Name:______________________________________________________________________
Address:___________________________ City:_______________ State:____ Zip Code:____________
Telephone Number:__________________ Fax:________________ E-mail:_______________________
Dancer Sponsoring:_________________________ Sponsorship Level: _______________________
Agreement Signature*:_________________________________________________________________
*Application for sponsorship will not be processed without signature

Event to benefit Community Welcome House,
Tax ID # 58-191762

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A night to celebrate CWH volunteers

What was wonderful about the dinner held on Monday, October 24, 2011; at the Goodwill Career Center conference room, were the volunteers understanding that each one of them plays an important part in the lives of the families that are part of Community Welcome House.
With each introduction they expressed what a wonderful experience it is to come and be part of making a difference. Those that share their gifts of giving are the dessert ladies who come on Monday evening and bring a different dessert to share, our book club volunteer who brings discussions on the book they are currently reading, the Mary Kay consultant that shares her time with makeovers and then gives gifts of lotion and other goodies, the counselors who come and work in groups for self-esteem to individual counseling and teaching life skills, those that host a Bible study, outings, teach crochet, answer the telephone, clean the safe haven once a month, share Thanksgiving Day with us, tutoring, mentoring, IT specialist, security system specialist, lawn care services, repairs from plumbing to electrician from floor to ceiling and those who work in our thrift store, we couldn’t do without them. God blesses us with them and in turn they are blessed by coming.

We thank each one for the wonderful gift of love and their time they share with us.

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Standing in the suit is Raymond Grote III Board Chair for Community Welcome House

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Teen Board Chair Lucy Howard and other teen board members

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