News 12 First at Five, January 10, 2008
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A treatment facility in Augusta for women is expanding and improving its services. This coming a few months after two local cases of double-murder suicides--tied to domestic abuse.
Hope House leaders call this a monumental day for women in the area. Women who are homeless, suffer from domestic abuse or other traumatic events - like domestic abuse - will soon have more treatment options in Augusta.
She's living proof you can do it.
"If this program hadn't been available to me, there's no telling where I'd be now," says Pamela Parks who is getting help from Hope House.
And now services in Augusta are expanding for people like Pamela and her 2 children, as Hope House holds their groundbreaking Thursday afternoon. They'll be able to soon house 42 women and their children. An addition Pamela says others can take advantage of just like she did.
"My hope is for a better life for myself and my children. Because if I hadn't had Hope House when I did, DFAS probably would have my children and I'd probably be on the streets somewhere," says Pamela.
Mayor Deke Copenhaver saying the name says it all - Hope House - it gives people hope.
"This really provides an avenue to get their lives together and move up and really contribute to the fabric of the City of Augusta," says the Mayor.
Just last year, two scenes: the first in Edgefield, the second in Aiken, both double murder suicides and victims of domestic abuse. Reaching out to people in similar situations is one of the initiatives of Hope House.
"Even though our primary mission has been women who suffer with the disease of addiction, 95% have also been victims of domestic violence which are issues that are addressed in their recovery program," says Dr. Gerald Carrier the President of Hope House.
This is the just the beginning. Pamela says it was easy to seek help and she would like to see others seek that help that she did.
"More women that are out there on drugs, get involved in this program because it really is a good program and it's a life saving program. It's really a blessing to this Augusta city," says Pamela.