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Emergency shelter seeks funding
An apartment stands empty in the Glynn Community Crisis Center's transitional apartment complex, known as Hope House, awaiting its next resident.

Its last tenant moved out Monday, and the center's staff consider it another sign of the importance of the transitional living program.

"Everybody that has come through this program is a success," said Jacque Loggins, Hope House program manager.

Giving women who have been victims of domestic violence the chance to begin a new life is a costly endeavor, but Hope House may soon get some extra help.

As a part of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation's grant program, the Crisis Center has a chance to receive $60,000 for the Hope House, the residence where women who have used the center's emergency shelter, Amity House, can apply to live and receive additional support for up to two years.

If the Crisis Center raises $30,000 within the next year, the foundation will match donations and provide a much needed boost to the program.

While every family that leaves Hope House is considered another success story, more apartments are necessary to meet a growing need.

"A lot of (emergency shelter residents) are very motivated to get into the (transitional living) program," Loggins said. "We just won't always have room."

A safe and quiet place is an important part of the healing process, said Mary Hogan, executive director of Glynn Community Crisis Center.

Six women and nine children were given assistance through the Hope House Transitional Living Program last year, translating into 2,030 bed nights.

The house contains three fully furnished apartments with a porch and access to a playground area for children.

Hope House represents a chance to start over, Hogan said.

"This gives them time to heal emotionally...and when you have your own private space, it helps to heal," she said.

Those who reside at Hope House are given the opportunity to work and save money to move out of the program while paying a prorated rent. The average length of stay is around nine months, Hogan said.

"It takes that long to recover and rebuild from what they've been through," she said.

A large number of programs work together to help women transition into a new life after leaving their abusive situations. Money raised from donations and the foundation grant would be used for programs like job training, education, child care, transportation, supportive services and apartment furnishings.

It's not an easy program to maintain, but it's one that provides victims of domestic abuse a safe space they might not find elsewhere, said Kellie Lauer, Glynn Community Crisis Center development coordinator.

"Establishing a home is everything from shoes and socks to cookie cutters and blenders," Lauer said. "Sometimes when you leave a situation, you have literally nothing."

Fundraisers are planned to help the Crisis Center reach its $30,000 goal. A back-to-school fashion show with clothing provided by Cato is tentatively planned. An Outback luncheon and visionaries breakfast are also tentatively planned.

Dates and times will be announced.

Get involved

To donate, visit www.amityhouse-gccc.com or call Kellie Lauer at 264-1348 ext. 107.

Mailed donations should be addressed to: Glynn Community Crisis Center; P.O. Box 278, Brunswick, 31521



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