The Mentoring Program was established in 1999 as a safety net for Survivors when they exit the Morning Star Sanctuary. This program seeks to empower women to achieve self-sufficiency through counseling, education and financial literacy training.
Since the implementation of the Morning Star Program, there have been 120 participants plus numerous children. Of these participants, only 5 have returned to their abuser. Homes have been purchased by 7, and at least 3 are pursuing a degree in nursing. Six have received a Master's Degree while 1 received a PhD. Nearly every participant is employed and living independently.
Women should meet the following guidelines before entering the program. Attendance at the weekly Support Group is expected where applicants will be screened by the Morning Star Counselor. Every women who has exited the shelter must make a 1 year commitment to attend mentor meetings and work with a pair of trained mentors to work toward goals and financial literacy. An order of protection is preferred, and no drug abuse will be tolerated. It is expected that the women will be employed. If a woman marries, she will no longer have a mentor.
The Mentor Program provides a meal for 75-80 persons each month. A motivational or educational program is presented after the meal to the survivors while the children are nurtured in another area by their mentors. Our Mentor Program currently involves 52 volunteers and 24 survivors. Over 3000 volunteer hours of 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 Mentor Program in Tennessee for victims of Domestic Violence.
Survivors who are recovering from domestic violence have often been socially isolated. Our mentoring program provides a bridge to friendship, support and community while the survivor builds a new life. Our Mentoring Program empowers survivors of domestic violence to work toward their goals of self-worth and self-sufficiency by providing peer support and creating community. Ours is the only program of its kind in the entire State of Tennessee.
We need more volunteers!
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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.
Click on a file to download our volunteer brochure for a full list of current opportunities.