The Haven House Holiday Newsletter heralded a good year for the emergency shelter and domestic violence program, with staff and board members concentrating on developing a three-year plan, partnering with Mane Support to provide equine-assisted therapy to clients, upgrading the computer system for case management tracking and receiving several grants to help sustain the program.
One of the most unique fund-raising events also premiered in 2008. “Rachel Rising: A Celebration of Women in the Arts” was the project and heart of Rebekkah Hilgraves, a relative newcomer to Blount who was a victim of abuse. Rebekkah, a celebrated soprano, lost her desire for her music because of circumstances around the abuse, but has found her way back and written “Rachel Rising,” a cycle of 15 poems she wrote after surviving the domestic violence situation 11 years ago.
Hilgraves premiered the song cycle by organizing and performing in a fund raiser for Haven House in October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
In 2008, Haven House has served 725 women, men and children by providing crisis intervention, case management, resources, referrals, transportation, individual and group counseling and prevention programs. Thousands of others were reached through public awareness programs and media coverage spearheaded by Haven House.
For more information about Haven House, visit www.havenhousetn.org. For information about Hilgraves, visit her website at www.rebekkahhilgraves.com.