Circle of Hope

24-Hour Local Hotline
706-776-4673 (HOPE)

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Our History

The Habersham County Task Force on Violence in the Family formed and met in October 1987 to conduct a community needs assessment on the needs of domestic violence victims in Habersham County.  The outcome of that meeting was the formation of Circle of Hope. Incorporated as a 501(C)(3) non-profit in November 1987, Circle of Hope set up a telephone line to provide referral services to victims of domestic violence. Volunteers worked from January 1989 to September 1990 to transform an abandoned farmhouse into a shelter offering a homelike atmosphere to women and children fleeing dangerous relationships. The shelter accepted its first resident two hours after its official opening. 

Recognizing the need for additional bedspace, Circle of Hope initiated a building campaign in 1998. A Community Development Block Grant was awarded to assist with construction and in August 2005, our new shelter facility, which is currently licensed for 17 individuals, was opened. In addition to providing emergency shelter to families, Circle of Hope provides enhanced shelter-based services that include comprehensive case management, adult and child support groups that are facilitated by licensed therapist, therapy sessions that are available during non-traditional hours to accommodate victims' schedules, individual parent aide services, and life skills classes. 

In 2002, services were initiated to offer comprehensive support services and support groups to Latino women and children and our Outreach Program was enhanced with the addition of satellite offices in Stephens and White Counties. Both offices are used to offer comprehensive support services to victims of domestic violence and serve as a gateway for battered women to enter into the Emergency Shelter Program. Outreach services are beneficial for those who still live with their batterer, as well as for those who have left the relationship. 

In an ongoing effort to meet the housing needs of the families we serve, Circle of Hope implemented a 5 housing unit Transitional Housing Program in June 2007. In 2008, the Board of Directors prioritized expanding off-site housing options and received a Shelter Plus Care Permanent Supportive Housing grant award as a DCA project sponsor. The Shelter Plus Care Housing Program, implemented in 2009, consists of 15 housing units designed for survivors who are disabled and in need of permanent housing. Circle of Hope's Shelter Plus Care Housing Program is the only domestic violence focused Shelter Plus Care Permanent Supportive Housing Program in the State of Georgia.  

In 2011, Circle of Hope received a donation of a large home located in Stephens County. With a Transitional Housing Assistance grant award from the Office of Violence Against Women, we were able to implement a Transitional Housing Program designed for single women over the age of 50 or those with disabilities. The three Housing Programs combined provide a total of 29 off-site supportive housing units for survivors to transition into upon exiting the Emergency Shelter Program.

All three housing programs, in addition to providing housing assistance, include case management and supportive services such as counseling and life skills education.

 

 

 

 

Contact Details

Circle of Hope
PO Box 833
Cornelia,
GA 30531
706-776-3406
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