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Georgia Mountain Laurel Magazine

Sweetheart Ball for FAITH

Jan 08, 2018 03:50PM ● By Tracy McCoy

For twenty consecutive years, suits and tuxedos have been donned to escort ladies in satin and heels, to dine and dance the night away at the Sweetheart Ball. What sounds like a Valentine's event is actually the primary fundraising event for FAITH (Fight Abuse in The Home). An organization known for offering victims of domestic abuse a hand up and way out. Men, women and children who suffer at the hand of someone who is supposed to love and care for them have been given the support they need to change their lives.

In 1993 it was determined that a domestic violence shelter was needed in Rabun County. Sadly violence in the home has been a problem longer than any of us care to think about. Through the years since need was identified the organization, established as a 501(c) 3 corporation, has continued to offer services to those affected by domestic violence and abuse.

FAITH has a shelter where victims can live while starting over; they provide counseling services, personal and legal advocacy, job and parenting training, resources for food and clothing, transportation, referrals within the community and support groups. This is the tip of the iceberg, the good work that FAITH does, only those who are helped fully understand. It is only through autonomy that victims can feel safe and free to share.

The Power House for Kids provides free and confidential services to alleged victims of abuse. Children often witness the criminal activity in the home. They are all too often the victims themselves of not only physical and mental abuse but sexual as well. The Power House is equipped to handle in a professional, caring and confidential way each case that comes through their door. Located in an adjacent county the Power House offers services to children and teens in Rabun, Habersham and Stephens counties. All services are free to the children and his/her caregiver.

Both FAITH's shelter and the Power House for Kids are funded through grants, fundraising efforts and donations, but more help is needed. A thrift store was opened in 1995 in Dillard, Georgia and was later moved to Main Street in Clayton. It operates by selling donated clothing, home goods and furniture with all proceeds going to FAITH. In 1998 FAITH organized what would end up being their largest fundraiser, The Sweetheart Ball. The complete history of this organization is documented in detail on their website where you'll find information on all of the services they provide.

So what can you do to help? Well you can polish your dancing shoes and buy your tickets to The Sweetheart Ball for starters, then, you can take a look at the Wish List on their website ( and see where and how you can help there. You can also apply to be a FAITH volunteer. All volunteers are vetted and must be approved which is another way that they ensure the privacy and security of the victims. When you see the light in the eyes of someone who has been so badly hurt and mistreated and through the efforts of FAITH and its staff and volunteers they have a new start, your heart will melt. You cannot imagine the good things that can and do happen to change lives through this organization.

For more information we recommend you visit or call FAITH office: 706.782.1003 or Power House - CAC: 706.886.2290. Donations may be sent to FAITH PO Box 1964, Clayton, GA 30525-0050.

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