Circle of Hope is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 multi-faceted domestic violence agency whose mission is to support, empower and bring hope to those affected by domestic violence through advocacy, awareness, education and community partnerships. Circle of Hope officially serves Habersham, Stephens and White counties and provides victims of abuse an array of services designed to ensure barriers are identified, needs are met, and safety and stability are achieved. All of Circle of Hope's services are free and confidential. Some of Circle of Hope's programs include:
Emergency Shelter: Crisis intervention and support services for those who are not safe in their own home. The shelter offers a range of services designed to provide immediate safety, meet the needs of victims, and to help them gain independence.
24-Hour Crisis Intervention Services: Answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Callers are assisted with safety planning, crisis counseling, domestic violence prevention information, and social service referrals.
Legal Advocacy Services: Assist victims with obtaining Temporary Protective Orders, accompany victims to court hearings and help victims navigate the judicial system. Advocates also help eligible victims apply for Victims Compensation and pursue criminal warrants through magistrate court.
Rural Outreach Program: Satellite offices in Stephens and White counties offer a range of advocacy, crisis intervention, and counseling services.
Pet Shelter: Pet sanctuary at the Emergency Shelter that allows women to escape abusive situations without leaving behind their pet.
Individual Counseling: Trauma-focused counseling services are provided by licensed therapists.
Support Groups: Support groups that allow survivors to express their feelings in a confidential and supportive atmosphere where they are surrounded by others who are, or have been, in similar situations.
Children's Program: Advocacy, mentoring, recreational activities, family enrichment activities, individual counseling, support groups, school liaison services, and age appropriate safety planning.
Transitional, Rapid Re-Housing, and Permanent Housing Programs: 23 housing units and a 9 bed transitional housing facility in which shelter residents can transition from emergency shelter to violence-free permanent housing.
Bilingual Services: Services for non-English speaking survivors, including support group, counseling, immigration and residency status information.
Prevention Program: Comprehensive, age-appropriate K-12 school-based program to educate youth about healthy relationships. Includes collaboration with local colleges and other youth serving agencies by facilitating workshops or by participating in special events.
Court Advocacy Program: Support and advocacy to victims whose perpetrators are involved in criminal cases and includes a Family Violence Intervention Program compliance piece to promote accountability for those ordered to attend intervention classes.
Volunteer Program: As an organization that began through the dedication of compassionate volunteers, Circle of Hope values every contribution made by volunteers. Volunteers bring energy, enthusiasm, diversity, and new skills to our agency.
Thrift Store: Features clothing, books, games, household items, furniture and accessories at bargain prices. Proceeds raise support the programs offered by Circle of Hope.
Circle of Hope's operating funds currently come from a combination of State and Federal grants, Habersham County United Way, United Way of Northeast Georgia, White County United Way, and with cash and in-kind donations from churches, civic organizations, corporations and individuals. The costs associated with operating a staffed 24-hour Emergency Shelter and crisis line alone are enormous and requests for services continue to grow.
Rotary is one of the world’s first service organizations dating back to 1905. For over 100 years, Rotary has taken on some of the world’s toughest challenges from fighting diseases to promoting peace to growing local economies. With a motto of “Service above self”, the effects of Rotary have been felt far and wide; internationally and locally.
Here in Habersham, the Rotary Club of Habersham County is going into its 54th year. For over 50 years, our Rotary club has not only been serving in Habersham County, but our club has been the pioneers behind organizations and projects that still impact our community today. From Habersham Christian Learning Center to Habersham County Homework Centers to helping over 12,000 imprisoned women at the Lee Arrendale Correctional Institute obtain their GED’s, these are just some of the service projects that the Rotary Club of Habersham County has pioneered.
Going into its 32nd year, the Habersham Rotary Scholarship Fund was established by Rotarians to assist graduating seniors with college tuition. To date, the scholarship fund has awarded $230,900 in scholarships to 202 students.
Rotary service projects are made possible through the fundraising efforts of the club. Come join us on Thursdays at noon at the Cornelia Community House as we continually seek to positively impact our community and provide hope through our Rotary service projects.