Nicole Rosser, director of The Salvation Army Safe House in Warner Robins, Ga., could hardly believe it when she was handed the keys to the newly completed facility on Jan. 25. For more than 10 years, The Salvation Army Warner Robins Advisory Board and community members worked to transform the dream into a reality. The new building can accommodate up to 18 women and children at one time. Victims of domestic violence can come there and will receive hot meals, shelter and counseling.
Major Jim Arrowood, divisional commander for the Georgia Division, reported in his keynote speech that one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Despite these statistics, the dedication was uplifting and promised that the Safe House would be a place of hope for women and children looking to break cycles of abuse.
The old mobile home that formerly served as the Safe House will be torn down and replaced with a new playground. There is still work to be done and an outstanding loan of $125,000 has to be paid off. The community can be involved by making monetary donations, curtains, bedding, and decorations that will make the shelter comfortable and “homey.”
In addition to finding safety and security, women will receive various educational courses that will propel them into a better future as well as counseling and job placement services.
By: Valerie P. Johnson