Letter: Nov. 8, 2012
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Dear Editor,

Our House, Inc.: New Birth to Violence Free Living is a privileged member of the United Way of Bolivar and Washington counties and wishes to thank everyone who contributed to their Campaigns.

Statistically, Every 9 seconds a woman is battered in the United States; 1 in 11 high-school students reported they had been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend in the past year; 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually assaulted before the age of 18; 1 in 3 victims of sexual assault are under the age of 12; and, 40% of victims of domestic violence are males according to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.

“For every 1 dollar donated to United Way by community members, we are able to request up to 4 federal grant dollars; thus allowing us to provide services to a massive number of victims of interpersonal violence.”

Our House, Inc.: New Birth to Violence Free Living is a domestic violence and sexual assault non-profit organization that was founded in October 1995. The vision of Our House, Inc. is: A world free of interpersonal violence. Our mission is: To eliminate domestic violence and sexual violence through intervention, prevention, prosecution, victim protection and sustainable restoration.

Our House, Inc. provides services in Washington, Bolivar, Leflore, Sunflower, Humphreys, Carroll, Sharkey, Grenada, and Holmes counties.

The programs at Our House includes the following: (1) Voluntary Support Group for Victims - LEAH: Letting Each Affliction Heal; (2) 24 Hour shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; (3) Adult Sexual Assault Program: S.A.R.A.H. – Sexual Assault Responders Advocating Healing; (4) Survivors of Domestic Violence Homicide Program (Abel’s Services); (5) Court mandated batterers program: MASH – Men Against Spousal Harm; (6) Let’s Talk About It – Youth Sexual Assault Group (ages 6-11); (7) Esther Generation – Youth Sexual Assault Group (ages 12-17); (8) YES: Youth Empowered to Serve (ages 6-17) youth survivors of domestic violence; (9) WAVE: Working Against Violence Everywhere Youth Council (ages 13-24 who assist with prevention and intervention services for African American youth); (10) Behavioral Modification Institute – providing educational training for Law Enforcement, Child Protective Service Providers, Faith Based organizations, Judicial Officials, Schools and Community Leaders; and (11) Healthy Relationship Initiative – where a 12 week curriculum is implemented to Jr. High and High school students.

Currently, Our House, Inc. staff teaches a course at Exodus School for The Bible at New Life Church, Cleveland, which is open to pastors, ministers and laypersons on domestic violence/sexual assault programs working together with churches and secular community to end interpersonal violence. Staff is also conducting a 14-week healthy relationship curriculum at high schools located in Washington and Bolivar counties.

Staff and board members have received numerous of national, state and local awards for their dedication to providing a safe haven for battered women and their families that addresses their spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. The awards include but are not limited to: President Barack Obama’s – Champion of Change Award (2012); President George Bush’s – National Volunteerism Award (2008) and President Bill Clinton’s – Victim Advocacy Award (1997).

Call us today at 662-332 –LOVE (5683) or 1-888-884-LOVE (5683) for additional information or assistance.

Thank you for supporting the United Way of Bolivar and Washington Counties.

Dr. Patricia Ann Davenport, CEO