Our House Fundraiser com­ing this week­end

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - From Staff Re­ports

This week­end, the sanc­tu­ary at Vic­tory Bap­tist Church will come alive with the sounds of praise to help a Polk County or­ga­ni­za­tion con­tinue to pro­vide shel­ter and re­sources for vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

“An Evening of Gospel Singing” will kick off this Satur­day, June 11, at 6 p.m. to help raise money for the Our House Women’s Shel­ter.

Ad­mis­sion for the event is free, but any love of­fer­ings from the com­mu­nity will be ac­cepted.

“It’s not just singing, it’s mime, praise danc­ing and singing,” said Carla Kinslow, who as a board mem­ber of Our House is help­ing or­ga­nize the event this year.

“We’re try­ing to rep­re­sent dif­fer­ent cul­tures in the event,” she said.

Sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing the Cedar Lake Chris­tian Cen­ter Praise team, a drama team from South­side Bap­tist, and sev­eral com­mu­nity choirs will pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment at the event, Kinslow said.

Cedartown Po­lice Chief Jamie New­some will be act­ing as master of cer­e­monies for the evening as well.

The ul­ti­mate goal for Our House, also known as the Polk County Women’s Shel­ter, is to raise money to fund oper­a­tions, in­clud­ing a safe house, and to pro­vide other sup­port to give women and chil­dren who have been the vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence a fresh start.

“Mainly, we just want peo­ple to come out and have a good time and sup­port our cause, which helps so many peo­ple in our com­mu­nity ev­ery day,” she said.

First con­ceived in 1994 by a group of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers and lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions. Our House was started by Rev. Hazel Glover of St. James Epis­co­pal Church, Diane Hall, di­rec­tor of the Sa­mar­i­tan House, at­tor­ney Karen Nis­sen, and Vir­ginia Voll of Mur­phy-Harpst Chil­dren’s Cen­ters. To­day Our House has served hun­dreds of fam­i­lies, op­er­ates a 24-hour cri­sis line, and runs a thrift store.

Women in need of help are en­cour­aged to call Our House 24-hour line at 770-749-9330.

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