Circle of Hope is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 multi-faceted domestic violence agency, formed in 1987, 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.
Personal/Financial Advocacy: Facilitating referrals and/or providing agency resources to meet individual needs including medical, food, financial, legal, housing, clothing, job and employment training, relocation, transportation, financial literacy, education, and other needs.
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.
Mobile Advocacy Program: Advocacy services available in multiple locations throughout the community. Services may include safety planning, relocation assistance and access to community resources.
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 Stores: 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.