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Center of Hope (formerly Hope House, Maury County Center Against Domestic Violence)

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Causes: Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing

Mission: Center of Hope is a refuge of peaceful existence providing innovative and compassionate direct advocacy, therapeutic counseling, residential, and legal services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. As a leading resource for system change, Center of Hope’s goal is to provide meaningful and effective support while addressing the attitudes and behaviors which allow violence to continue in our community. Our comprehensive program ensures that the needs of the victims we serve are met in a holistic and compassionate manner by equipping and empowering them with the skills they need to move beyond the trauma and onto the fulfilling lives they deserve.

Results: We have expanded our therapeutic counseling program. We have 2 contract theraptists on site and one is trained to use EMDR which is a highly effective and specialized type of counseling which helps victims process trauma. In 2013 we began providing pro bono legal services through a collaborative grant with our local Legal Aid office.

Target demographics: Victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking. (Dependent children of adult victims are eligible for services.)

Direct beneficiaries per year: 700+

Geographic areas served: Maury County, Tennessee

Programs: Center of Hope is a refuge of peaceful existence providing innovative and compassionate direct advocacy, therapeutic counseling, residential, and legal services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. As a leading resource for system change, Center of Hope’s goal is to provide meaningful and effective support while addressing the attitudes and behaviors which allow violence to continue in our community. Our comprehensive program ensures that the needs of the victims we serve are met in a holistic and compassionate manner by equipping and empowering them with the skills they need to move beyond the trauma and onto the fulfilling lives they deserve.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Amy_101

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Refuge Center and Hope House have been working together for the past seven years to serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence on various levels and our agency has consistently been impressed with the services that Hope House provides to the community. They are committed to excellence in all that they do and strive to serve each client in a way that promotes healing and empowerment. Our collaboration provides survivors with an opportunity to receive holistic, long-term therapy emphasizing education about the cycle of violence, coping skills and Self-leadership.

These services such offer survivors an opportunity to process trauma and to increase self-esteem. This renewed self-efficacy has a systemic impact on the community and we believe that Maury County as a whole will be positively and profoundly impacted by each survivor who finds physical and emotional freedom. Educated survivors are able to reset the language of the culture.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Almost 5 years ago now my husband tried to kill me, he stabbed me and left me to die. I recovered and moved her to Tennessee 2 years ago and found Hope House. I started as a volunteer and an now an Advocate on Domestic Violence. I have so much faith in Center of Hope, the staff which I am now part of is my life. Everyone has helped me to help others who are victims.

Kenneth T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been two year since our daughter Tonya was murdered . The Center of Hope came to use and they have been with us every step of the way .I don`t know what we would have done, if it had not been for them. They are a blessing from God ! THANK SO MUCH TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!

Sarah133

Board Member

Rating: 5

No one runs services for its clients better than Hope House.

Mike82

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a local law enforcement officer who has had the opportunity to work with this organization on a weekly if not daily basis. I have found all members of their staff to be helpful and caring about victims and the community as a whole. The staff is cooperative with law enforcement and at the same time extremely protective of their client's confidentiality. I consider myself priveleged to be able to work with these advocacy professionals.

Tomeka B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Center of Hope helped me 9 years ago when I was in an abusive relationship. At that point in my I had noone to really turn to. They opened there doors and there hearts to me and my daugther. It was a breathe of fresh air and a new start! They helped me to began my road to loving myself more and wanting my daughter not to follow in the footsteps of being with someone abusive. It also helped me to see that I wasn't alone by meeting other women in my shoes. It encouraged me to believe and have courage to move on and not settle and to love and value myself more. I am now a volunteer to be encouraging to someone else. My attitude when I came to Hope house was they didnt understand how I felt. But, It helped me to meet someone there that was in my shoes and made it out. Center of Hope helped and had a huge impact of my life today

1 Caroline22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Long years ago as a young adult, I was married to an "abuser." I stayed with him for five years. Had I been able to find a place as positive and focused as Center of Hope, I wouldn't have been forced to stay in that hurtful relationship. Center of Hope is a tremendous force in our local community, with instant name recognition. Their fearless leader, Angie Slack, surrounds herself with caring staff. She works nonstop on awareness for the Center and outreach to those who are still in abusive situations, as well as those trying to escape. Center of Hope addresses many womens' issues, not only domestic abuse, but rape counseling, shelter, provisions, stalking help, and more. My girlfriends and I who are blessed to live without those current issues donate products to the outreach room in support of COH and our sisters who receive help there.

1 Shawana C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Center of Hope is just that, It gives hope to ALL people!! Volunteering at this awesome place brings about great joy!! The women who work there are truly God sent!!#1!!!!

1 Melanie G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Center of Hope is an amazing organization, providing advocacy services and shelter to victims of stalking, human trafficking, sexual assault and domestic violence. It's more than just a shelter. The staff and volunteers are committed to one common goal, that is - providing a refuge of peaceful existence. The mission is to ensure that all victims are safe and that offenders are held accountable for their actions. Being on this board has been life-changing for me and for all of the victims we serve. Victims, referred to as clients, receive counseling, support and direct benefit from the Center, it's staff and volunteers.

1 Terri T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our daughter was murdered because of domestic violence we were introduced to Angie Slack. She explained to us the organization and services offered to us. She said they would be there from beginning to the end and they were. I took them up on the councelling and got so much help. They were there for court dates. This is a great organization, just wish I had known about it sooner so I could have got my daughter some help.

April Thurman

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a board member for Center of Hope is very rewarding and healing to me. This is the most organized and hands-on board that I have ever been associated with. It's important to me to be a board member because my family has had personal experience with domestic violence. I think my mother would be proud that I have associated myself with such a worthy cause. I remember that she sought after an organization like Center of Hope for us.

Center of Hope has some of the best staff that I have ever come in contact with; they are very compassionate, educated in the cause and exceptionally trained. Center of Hope is diligent to the cause!

Alicia K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have utilized services from Hope House on numerous occasions. Each time was a desperate one in my life and each time I was treated with respect. Having left an abusive marriage several times I was ashamed to even speak to the wonderful staff at Hope House. Not only did they make me feel deserving, they also made me comfortable and supported. I know how difficult it is to "get away." I also know how wonderful life can be once you have. It is only though the selfless and caring people who helped me at my lowest that I am here, successful, and happy. I thank Hope House of Maury County for being there for me and special thanks to Traci (Cook) Webb and Angela Slack for never giving up.