Circle of Hope is a 501(C)3 victim service agency that has been providing services to those experiencing domestic violence in Habersham, Stephens and White Counties since 1987. Circle of Hope’s mission is to support, empower and bring hope to those affected by domestic violence through advocacy, awareness, education and community partnerships.
Following a community needs study identifying the gap of services for victims in our area, Circle of Hope was formed and began offering crisis intervention and support group services. Volunteers spent two years remodeling a donated farmhouse and our Emergency Shelter Program opened in September 1990. A Legal Advocacy Program was implemented in 1997 to assist victims navigating the criminal justice system. In 2002, to better address the transportation barriers survivors in our rural service area were experiencing, Circle of Hope expanded our Legal Advocacy Program by opening satellite offices in Stephens and White counties. In 2002, services were enhanced by employing a bilingual advocate to offer comprehensive support services and support groups to Spanish speaking survivors.
In 2003, Circle of Hope implemented a school Prevention Program to provide violence prevention curriculum in K-12 and on college campuses to educate children and teens about healthy expression of feelings, self-esteem issues, bullying, and violence prevention. Recognizing the need for additional emergency shelter bed space, Circle of Hope constructed a new shelter facility in 2005, increasing our 10-bed shelter capacity to 17. Circle of Hope has historically recognized the importance of community education and awareness and therefore provides professional in-service trainings to businesses, social service agencies, and organizations, and also offers POST credit domestic violence training to ten law enforcement agencies located within our judicial circuit on an annual basis.
For over 30 years, Circle of Hope has provided support services to victims of domestic violence and their children. We employ a team of qualified staff who provide survivors with a comprehensive array of services designed to ensure barriers are identified, needs are met, and safety and stability are achieved.