Guest column for Child Abuse Prevention Month: ‘Safe Homes for Women & Children.’ How you can help.

Guest column for Child Abuse Prevention Month: ‘Safe Homes for Women & Children.’ How you can help.

About this series on Hometown Headlines: This is the second of four guest columns on Child Abuse Prevention Month.
On Hometown Radio today: As part of Child Abuse Prevention Month,  Devon Smyth from the Davies Shelters and Kristin Enlow with Hospitality House discuss the topic of Safe Homes for Women & Children at 7:40 this morning on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to talk about
Safe shelters are important for all people…and this week we focus on safe shelters for women and children. Learn more about two organizations that specifically serve this population.
Hospitality House for Women began in 1978 as a grassroots effort to help women escaping domestic violence. What started as a five bed shelter, has grown to comprehensive domestic violence services for Floyd County with the ability to house up to 27 survivors of domestic violence.
Shelter services are only part of what is provided today. Advocates sit with women when they come into shelter to develop a case plan that meets them where they are and helps move them toward independence. Between in house staff, along with community partners, women can receive assistance with housing, parenting, finances, mental health, physical health, and employment, just to name a few.
When women are prepared to leave the shelter, Hospitality House utilizes donations made to the Hospitality House Thrift Store to help furnish their new home. What is provided, depends on donations available, fortunately, women have been able to receive couches, chairs, tables, televisions and bedding.
One of the lessors known facts is that women can access the same services, even if they don’t come into shelter. Domestic Violence looks different for each survivor, and our services are individualized as well.
We have helped many women who were lucky enough to be able to stay in their home, but still needed assistance with counseling or redoing their finances and budget.
Another project we have started is increasing access to the deaf and hard of hearing population.
A survivor who is deaf, may need additional services in shelter, such as a vibrating alarm clock or visual door bell on their room and we provide that as well. If a survivor’s preferred communication is American Sign Language, we have partnered with a local interpreter to come in and assist with case planning. We also have had staff trained in Deaf Culture to increase our overall competence with this population.
If you or someone you know has been victimized by Domestic Violence, you can contact the Hospitality House 24 hours/day, 7 days/week through the crisis hotline (706) 235-4673. For more information about services provided, you can find the Hospitality House online at www.hospitalityhouseforwomen.org

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The property at 2007 N. Broad St., home to the Ruth and Naomi Shelter for Women.
The William S. Davies Homeless Shelters Inc have been providing transitional shelter since 2003 to those in the community who are homeless. The Davies Shelters (newly rebranded) believes that all people have sacred worth, everyone is on a restorative journey and that the guests are part of a welcoming community.
We believe that people experiencing homelessness need a safe environment before they can begin to make their lives whole again. In the past 16 years, the program has grown to a new facility located at 132 E. 18th St., which houses 16 men. Later this spring, The Ruth & Naomi House will open its doors to house eight single women and four mothers with children. Recognizing fully that providing shelter to families can offer stability in crisis. Children and mothers will have a safe and secure location to thrive. We are constantly
working on ways to help our guests transition to stability.
The Davies Shelters provide case management and intentional collaboration across the community with programs that help to meet the needs of the guests. This includes, but is not limited to: mental health services, addiction recovery programs, job training, GED programs, peer support, and legal services.
With two case managers at The Shelter, the guests are served with a case plan and support. This will also occur at The Ruth & Naomi House along with The Exchange Club Family Resource Center providing Parent Aides to mothers with children under the age of 12.
Through partnerships with other nonprofits, we are developing transitional employment programs, innovative efforts to tack the root causes of homelessness, and transitional housing opportunities. The South Meadows Farm located off South Broad Street will strengthen the accessibility to fresh produce for families around Rome. Using SNAP benefits, families can double their purchasing ability.
The Farm Bus will roll out in early May as a mobile Farmers Market to eight sites around the Rome community. The funds raised from the sales will return to support the endeavors of The Davies Shelters. We welcome volunteers and community partners. Please find us at www.daviesshelters.com on Facebook as The Shelter & The Ruth and Naomi House, on Instagram as daviessheltersinc, and Twitter @DaviesShelters. To reach us by phone, call The Shelter at 706-512-1152 and The Ruth & Naomi House at 706-802-6300.
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