The Mentoring Program was established in 1998 as a safety net for Survivors when they exit the MorningStar Sanctuary. This program seeks to empower women to achieve self-sufficiency through counseling, education and financial literacy training.
Since the implementation of the Mentoring program in 1998, there have been 127 participants plus numerous children. Of these 127 survivors, only 5 have returned to their abuser. Homes have been purchased by 8 families. A Master’s Degree has been earned by 7, and at least 3 have earned a degree in nursing. Many other women have furthered their education in some manner to increase earning power. Nearly every participant is gainfully employed and living independently.
The Mentor Program provides a meal for 90-100 people each month. A motivational or educational program is presented after the meal to the Mentees while the children are nurtured in another area by their Mentors.
Our Mentor Program involves 50 volunteers who work with 26 Survivors. Over 5,000 hours of volunteer service are given annually. Survivors are paired with trained volunteers who help them gain self-sufficiency and emotional well-being after leaving the Shelter. This is the only Mentoring Program in Tennessee for victims of Domestic Violence.
If you would like further information about the Mentor Program, please contact Mary Lee Thompson, Mentor Program Coordinator at 615-373-1032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Morning Star Sanctuary, like most non-profit organizations, depends greatly on the kindness of volunteers to be able to fulfill their mission of assisting the victims of domestic violence. Even with the confidentiality that is necessary to ensure the safety of their clients, there are many opportunities for volunteers to get involved, including:
Job Search Assistance
The participants in our Mentoring program also have need for free or reduced cost assistance with medical, dental and optometry care. Volunteers can also assist Morning Star Sanctuary by coordinating donation efforts at their local church, school, civic association, etc. These donation sites can be set up to accept everything from household goods, non-perishables food items, linens, clothing, etc.