Envisioning a healing and recovery community, Hope Connection aims to open a long-term housing facility that offers safe living arrangements for survivors of domestic violence and ongoing substance abuse recovery. With property values skyrocketing, finding affordable housing in the Triangle area is more difficult than ever. With abuse and addiction victims most vulnerable to homelessness, the Triangle area needs supportive, long-term housing more than ever!
In early 2017, Debra found a large property in Southwestern Wake County perfect for a Hope Connection housing project. Located in New Hill, NC, this property encompasses 29 acres and contains a 40 resident facility with an industrial-sized kitchen, laundry room, and restrooms. Once we acquire the property, Hope Connection must raise more than $600,000 over the course of the next year. Now, we are in the process of applying for housing grants and loans in addition to fundraising. Once complete, this project will provide affordable housing for a significant volume of abused and addicted women and men throughout the community. With your support, we can actualize the dream of long-term housing!
If you are not familiar with our support groups, we offer several different options for people suffering from difficult personal situations. Through semiannual cycles, these groups meet every week led by trained facilitators. Participation is completely free to all clients, and clients may continue to participate in our programs as long as needed.
Our largest support group is the Mending the Soul program for abuse survivors. Since the founding of Hope Connection, Mending the Soul has been a staple of our programs, as HCI strives to provide ongoing support for women and men who suffer from relationship violence. With empowering abused and addicted people at the core of our mission, Hope Connection has opened four new programs during the past year for people experiencing a variety of situations.
In 2017, we offered eight support groups including Mending the Soul, Loved Ones of Addicts, Addiction Recovery, Grief Support, Depression Recovery, Princess Lost/Princess Found, Teen Connect, and Caring for the Vulnerable Child. Through Mending the Soul, we served 34 clients. Through Loved Ones of Addicts, we served 21 clients. Through Grief Support, we served 11 clients. Through Addiction Recovery, we served 10 clients. Through Depression Recovery, we served 8 clients. With Teen Connect, we served 3 clients. Finally, through Princess Lost/Princess Found, we served 1 client. That brings the total number of clients served by Hope Connection to 493 since our founding in 2012. After engaging in small groups, participants like “Jessica” revel in the emotional encouragement our programs have to offer.
In order to aid victims with their daily needs, we offer financial support to low-income clients, especially those in high danger situations. In order to help clients with housing utilities, groceries, daycare, car insurance, legal assistance, and/or food, we post specific needs on our Facebook accounts, requesting funding via Facebook. Out of the 10 domestic violence victims we sponsored in 2017, 40% are currently independent and no longer in need of funding. While many of our sponsored victims now enjoy stable footing, many still need help in the midst of crisis. About 40% of our sponsored victims still suffer from an elevated risk of attack from their abusive partners. Providing clients crisis prevention education, our facilitators work hard to offer them the love, advice, and resources necessary to get through the hard times.