Project ReNeWal is the local domestic violence shelter that assists residents of Rockdale, Newton and Walton Counties who find themselves involved in family violence. The goal of Project ReNeWal is to provide the support and services necessary to enable individuals and families to remove themselves from violent homes. In the last year Project ReNeWal provided over 3,600 individuals with over 21,000 services. In addition to that number, we provided safe shelter to 405 others who were in immediate danger and could not return home. We were introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives and the Georgia Senate as one of the best shelters in the state in 2008. Our shelter could not provide these quality services without the help of local law enforcement, hospitals, mental health, churches and individual citizens.
This problem is out of control and it will take all of us to slow it down.
One of our main efforts in our community is to educate individuals about family violence. This effort is addressed in our facility providing confidential group and individual counseling. This counseling is not only provided in our facility, it is offered weekly in all three of our county services areas. In Newton County that group is held at Solid Rock Baptist Church on Thursday evenings.
It is free to people who find themselves in a domestic violence situation. A 24-hour, seven-day-a-week crisis line (770) 860-1666) is also available to assist anyone who needs confidential help.
October is domestic violence awareness month. I urge every citizen of Newton County to learn about the shelter and what you can do to help someone who is in a domestic violence situation. Someday you will need to know because violence will touch all of our lives eventually. Even though family violence is something that we attempt to keep quite, it will eventually show its ugly head.
Please feel free to contact me at (770) 860-9770 if you have questions about our facility or would like to make a donation to help us to continue to provide quality confidential services to individuals and families who find themselves in violent homes. It is an investment in our families and our community that we cannot overlook!