New Beginnings Transitional Shelter includes a 5,159 square-foot, two-story house, five acres of fenced land, a children’s playground, and a gated-electronic entrance security system to provide a comfortable and safe environment for up to 12 women, including children.
The Marlboro County facility at 3615 Hickson Road, Wallace, SC, (about four miles from Cheraw) represents an important addition to the Coalition’s emergency shelter program—which began in 1989 with an emergency safe shelter at an undisclosed location.
When an abused woman has stayed in an emergency shelter for the maximum number of days or has left an abusive situation and is no longer in crisis, she may have nowhere to go. At New Beginnings Transitional Shelter, such women and their children can have a place to live, access to support and resources for up to 18 months so they can develop the life skills necessary to live independently.
Developing life skills and securing resources to live self-sufficiently takes time. A survivor may be on a waiting list for housing, trying to find employment and/or working to secure safe transportation. She may need to complete her education, open a bank account or get a driver’s license. Regardless of the specific needs, the reality is that abused women and their children sometimes need transitional shelter and services for an extended period. New Beginnings Transitional Shelter offers survivors that time and those opportunities.
“Recovering from an abusive relationship requires building a new life, and starting over is not always easy,” says Janice Hamlin, New Beginnings Shelter Services Coordinator. “This takes time in a safe and supportive environment such as New Beginnings”. Made possible through support from the Victims of Crime Act, as well as private donations and volunteer assistance from the community, New Beginnings Transitional Shelter offers the location as well as professional support services.
Services provided to abused women at New Beginnings Transitional Shelter include:
|Transitional shelter||Parenting groups|
|Information and referral||Transportation|
|Individual and group counseling||Resource procurement assistance|
|Personal advocacy||Case management|
|Living skills training||Access to computers and the internet|
Services provided to children who accompany their mothers to New Beginnings include:
|Transitional shelter||Homework support|
|School enrollment||Individual and group counseling|
|Group activities||Access to resources|
|Access to computers and the Internet||Transportation|
A public event to celebrate the shelter’s opening is being planned for fall, in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At that time, Pee Dee Coalition will also host a ceremony to formally commemorate the shelter’s playground, which is being named “Iyana’s Playground” in memory of eight-year-old Iyana Lowery and her mother Ella, who were murdered in Marlboro County earlier this month.
Tax-deductible financial contributions to support New Beginnings Transitional Shelter may be made online (donate here) or by mail to Pee Dee Coalition, P.O. Box 1351, Florence, SC 29503-1351. Please type “New Beginnings” in the honorarium/instructions field online or write it on the check memo line.
For more information, please contact Janice Hamlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-669-4964.