Circle of Hope

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

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Position:  Shelter Operations Coordinator                                       

Shift:  Varied hours Monday - Friday and on-call for emergencies

Accountability:  Residential Family Advocate

Overview:  This is a full-time position with the primary responsibility of the maintenance and operation of Circle of Hope’s Emergency Shelter, while providing for the needs of the residents and performing the duties relative to the position. Circle of Hope positions are funded by a variety of grants, continued employment is contingent upon continued receipt of those funds.

Requirements: Candidates must possess an Associate Degree; a clean, valid driver’s license; and have at least one year experience working with families in crisis, victim services or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Seeking a mature individual with time/flexibility to adapt schedule; an understanding of the issue of domestic violence; problem-solving skills; knowledge of resources; ability to utilize empowerment philosophy, remain nonjudgmental, and work with diverse populations; ability to communicate both in a clear and concise manner; and must be capable of working independently.

Application Deadline: 5 pm - September 10, 2017 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Staff

Suzanne Dow - Executive DirectorCOH Staff
706-776-3406 ext 1801
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Stephanie Tolbert - Associate Director
706-776-3406 ext 1800
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Melissa Balta - Administrative Assistant
706-776-3406 ext 1802
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April Swing - Community Awareness Coordinator
706-776-3406 ext 1803
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Joy Fleming - Child Advocate
706-776-3406 ext 1805
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Linda Shadburn - Residential Family Advocate 
706-776-3406 ext 1811
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Vicki Reeves De Martinez -Outreach Victim Advocate
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Michelle Black - Outreach Victim Advocate
706-776-3406 ext 1807
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Jo Descher - Criminal Court Advocate
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Jennifer Purcell - Shelter Operations Coordinator
706-776-3406 ext 1812
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Shelley Bouchard - Night Shelter Manager
706-776-3406 ext 1812
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Jana Deaton - Weekend Manager
706-776-3406 ext 1813
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Keyla Stephens - Outreach Victim Advocate
706-776-3406 ext 1808
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Anne Davis - Weekend Manager
706-776-3406 ext 1813
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Mary Hill - Transitional Housing Coordinator
706-768-8648
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Shericka Freeman - S+C Supportive Housing Coordinator
706-768-9825
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JoAnn Bell - Clarkesville Thrift Store Manager
706-754-7668

Angie Ferguson - Cornelia Thrift Store Manager
706-776-1404
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Board of Directors


Sheila Smith - President

Linda Henry - Vice President

Angelia Pickett - Secretary

Charlotte Hebner - Treasurer

Gus Alexander

Jonathan Berry

Stella Carter

Kim Chitwood

Amanda Chosewood

Tracy Ferguson

Bob Ingram

Octavius Mulligan

Yadira Perry

Margie Sirmans

Dale Van Cantfort

Tonya Chitwood

 

Circle of Hope is a private, non-profit, 501(c)3 multi-faceted domestic violence agency whose mission is to support, empower and bring hope to those affected by domestic violence through advocacy, awareness, education and community partnerships.

Our goals are to provide 24-hour support and crisis intervention services for victims and their dependent children while assisting with developing and implementing plans for their safety and independence; to provide community education, training and publicity about the issues and affects of domestic violence; and to adhere to professional policies and practices in order to maintain administrative excellence and sound financial management.  A volunteer Board of Directors governs Circle of Hope.  We encourage the inclusion of formerly battered women on our Board, Staff, and Volunteer Program.

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. We are available to assist anyone who is a victim of domestic violence, regardless of national origin, religion, race, color, political affiliation, gender, age, ability or sexual orientation. To ensure the safety of program participants and staff and volunteers, Circle of Hope's shelter facility is in a confidential location. Shelter and other services are accessed by calling our 24-hour hotline.

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. The costs associated with operating a staffed 24-hour Emergency Shelter and crisis line alone are enormous and requests for services continue to grow.

Contact Details

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

506 Monroe Street
706-754-7668
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 - 5:00
Wednesday - Friday: 9:00 - 3:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 1:00

Cornelia Thrift Store

142 Lee Street
706-776-1404
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 5:00
Saturday: 10:00 - 2:00