Pictured: Donna Fenchel & Carla Sweeney
We started partnerships with other organizations that were in the fight to combat sex trafficking. Through Connections 2 Hope, and two special partnerships with Awakenings House and Grace Ministries of Helping Hands, the dream began to become a reality. Awakenings House has a focus on helping women overcome addiction with housing through sober living while Grace Ministries is often the first contact a woman from the street has with our organization. Grace Ministries reaches out directly to women incarcerated or living on the street.
In 2019, we began a pilot program with a partnership with Thistle Farms from Nashville TN, which offers a sisterhood program to organizations with a common mission and vision. Through this partnership, we were able to overcome hurdles like operations manuals, handbooks, and program guidelines. During our pilot, we learned of additional partnerships. The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center became our partner for group therapy sessions and individual mentorship. ReThreaded partnered with us for support and potential job opportunities for our women as well.
In May of 2021, we purchased a small piece of land that will become the home of The Villages of Hope. We have been renovating the home on the property to be used as a community center, where we will hold morning devotions, group therapy, AA meetings, and serve meals. As we prepare to reopen after our Covid shutdown, we are once again reaching out to partners to provide the best and most comprehensive care to women who are seeking a new life and a safe place to lay their heads. Our vision is to provide a tiny home community, where a woman will be surrounded by a community of care and loved unconditionally while they embark on their courageous journey of healing.