How You Can Help


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!

If you are:  

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Able to make a commitment to the mentoring program for at least one year 
  • Ready to meet with your survivor once a month
  • Agreeable to undergoing a background check

Please contact us and let us know that you are interested!


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:

Yard Work
Grocery Shopping
Job Search Assistance
Resume' Preparation

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.

Volunteer form

Click on a file to download our volunteer brochure for a full list of current opportunities.