Message from the Executive Director

Dear Partners, 

I am honored and excited to share information about Meg’s House and our mission. This is an incredible opportunity that speaks to my passion, skillset, and belief; that all individuals deserve to live a life free from domestic violence and homelessness and have equitable access and opportunities to succeed. 

I am honored to lead an organization that is committed to this shared belief.  For the last 32 years, Meg’s House has helped those experiencing domestic violence lead a healthier life free of domestic violence.  As you may know, our mission is to respond to the needs of those experiencing domestic violence and chronic homelessness in the communities in which we serve. Meg’s House is a highly respected organization led by driven and dedicated staff members that produce results and change lives. And I am thrilled to have the support of our Board Chair, Phil Zigos, and the Board of Directors as I lead this esteemed organization through an exciting new chapter with all of you. 

Driven by my passion to help those experiencing domestic violence and chronic homelessness, I am eager to build upon the momentum and strategic plan that Meg’s House has created over the last couple of years. As Executive Director, I promise to keep you informed of our progress and growth as we work toward achieving our board’s strategic priorities — To strengthen the board’s capacity to effectively govern the organization, To elevate the community’s awareness about all services provided by Meg’s House and the impact of domestic violence and chronic homelessness on the communities served, To increase a diversified unrestricted funding base by 10% that is sustainable and supports operations within three years, and To strengthen Meg’s House Programs and Services.     

Our vision is that every individual is loved and valued, giving them the strength and security, they need to flee domestic violence and obtain a stable home. To achieve this, it is imperative that we work collectively as a community to amplify and support those experiencing domestic violence and chronic homelessness. Additionally, we have launched a Prevention Program aimed at providing our youth with information that will be a strong foundation for our students and their families to be successful and free of domestic violence. We are very proud of these students and look forward to continuing working with them side by side to create meaningful change. 

I look forward to discussing the vision I have for Meg’s House and how important it is for all of us to assist in impacting the lives of those experiencing domestic violence and chronic homelessness. I believe in this community, and I believe in all our collective partnerships combined to create sustainable change. Join me in advancing our mission! 

Sincerely,
Alice Hodges, PhD
Executive Director Meg’s House 

Message from the Executive Director

Dear Partners,

On behalf of the board of directors, the staff, and those we serve, I would like to thank you for your support of our mission. Your support is critical as we help victims of domestic violence and individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness reach their full potential. Those in our programs overcame significant barriers and have had major successes. We invite each of you to join us in celebrating their successes!

As we navigate through this unprecedented time in history, our board of directors, dedicated staff, volunteers, and community partners have worked diligently to respond to the needs of domestic violence victims and individuals who are experiencing chronic homelessness. In addition, Meg’s House has responded to COVID-19 by implementing changes based upon the CDC’s recommendations in the domestic violence shelter, in our housing programs, and in our offices. We will continue to adhere to those safe protocols and encourage the staff and residents to do the same.

We are grateful for our partnerships and the technical support from the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Upstate Continuum of Care. These partners assist Meg’s House to stay abreast of current trends, policy changes, program guidelines, and legislation in the areas of domestic violence and homelessness.

Meg’s House plans to continue to be a leader in our community responding to the needs of domestic violence victims and those experiencing chronic homelessness. As advocates in the areas of domestic violence and chronic homelessness, Meg’s House provides local support, information, and assistance to agencies, churches, schools, colleges, universities, and businesses.

Our goals for 2020 and beyond include increasing prevention efforts, more awareness, and creating inclusive safe spaces for everyone. Additionally, we plan to sustain our partnerships with stakeholders to reduce the number of domestic violence related cases and save lives. We invite you to remain supportive of our efforts because together we can make a difference and have a significant impact in our community. Regardless of your role, you are a necessary partner in helping those we serve rebuild their lives. #REBUILDINGSTARTSHERE

Sincerely,
Alice Hodges, PhD
Executive Director

Recent Statistics

Let’s put a stop to domestic violence and abuse…check out the recent statistics.

http://www.vpc.org/studies/wmmw2017.pdf

Message from the Director

Dear Partners,

I would like to say thank you for your support with our advocacy efforts during this unprecedented time in history. Meg’s House will continue to press forward in helping victims of domestic violence and individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. The dedicated staff, board of directors, volunteers, and community partners have worked diligently to respond to the needs of domestic violence victims and individuals who are experiencing homelessness. We have implemented CDC recommendations for our emergency shelter, housing programs, and our offices as we navigate 2020 and beyond.

We maintain our close relationships with the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Upstate Continuum of Care. The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence remains persistent in leading the way in legislative advocacy and has continued to stay abreast of policies relevant to our mission. In addition, our relationship with the Upstate Continuum of Care continues to grow, expand, and improve. The GAMES (Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield and Saluda) chapter of homeless service providers in our community meets monthly to coordinate homeless services and programs. Meg’s House is the lead agency at these meetings. Meg’s House is directly involved in all processes with the Upstate Continuum of Care during policy development, implementation, and monitoring.

Our goal is to remain steadfast in our efforts to be a leader in our community responding to the needs of domestic violence victims and those experiencing homelessness. As experts in the areas of domestic violence and homelessness, Meg’s House provides support and assistance to other agencies, churches, schools, colleges, universities, and businesses in our service areas.

Our plan is to sustain our partnerships with other stakeholders to reduce the number of domestic violence related cases and save lives. We also plan to continue to reduce barriers for individuals experiencing homelessness and provide temporary housing and permanent housing. We invite you to remain supportive of our efforts because together we can make a difference and have a significant impact in our community. You are a necessary partner in helping those we serve rebuild their lives. #REBUILDINGSTARTSHERE

Sincerely,

Alice Hodges, PhD

Executive Director

State officials partner with shelter in Greenwood to help homeless find employment

http://www.wyff4.com/article/state-officials-partner-with-shelter-in-greenwood-to-help-homeless-find-employment/19637093?src=app

SC Gets Specialized Agents

The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services is tackling the state’s domestic violence issue with new special agents.

http://www.wltx.com/article/news/local/sc-to-get-domestic-violence-agents/459216768

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Fashion Show to support Meg’s House

Come out for a fun-filled evening of Fashion – Vendors – Door Prizes – Singer Groups – FOOD!!!!  and Art Displays at

 Fashion from A to Z 

A fashion show to support Meg’s House
Date: Thursday Nov 10 2016
Place: The Art Center – 120 Main Street, GWD, SC
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Price: $10 in Advance $15 VIP Front Row Seating – $15 at the door

Featured Designers/Boutiques will include:
– Mary Frances
– Voila`
– All For You
– Obcession
– Cecili Robinson (Washington, DC)(Donating all designs to Meg’s House Victims)
– Serwah Armah Koranteng (Columbia, SC)
– DeJa’s BowTies (Atlanta, GA)
– Two Timers

 

 

 

 

 

A Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

I want to begin by saying thank you for making 2015 another year in which Meg’s House was in a position to provide much needed services for domestic violence victims in our community. The dedicated staff has done an outstanding job responding to the needs of those we serve. In addition, we have had tremendous community support. We have also witnessed an increase in support of our efforts because of the national spotlight on domestic violence.

We have experienced positive legislation in South Carolina to add more accountability when perpetrators are convicted and charged with criminal domestic violence. The South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence led the way in legislative advocacy and has continued to stay abreast of the process and provide technical support for our program.

Our continued goal is to continue our efforts to be a leader in our community responding to the needs of domestic violence victims. As experts in the area of domestic violence, we provide support and assistance to other agencies, churches, schools, colleges, universities, and businesses in our service area.

In addition, Meg’s House has taken the lead in strengthening and uniting the GAMES (Greenwood, Abbeville, McCormick, Edgefield and Saluda) chapter of homeless service providers in our community.

During the year 2015, we plan to continue our programs and services and utilize all partner agencies to reduce the number of domestic violence related cases and save lives. We invite you to continue to be supportive of our efforts because together we can make a difference and have a significant impact in our community.

 

Alice Hodges

Alice Hodges, PhD

Executive Director