Formed in 1985, the domestic violence center and its shelter, Tranquility House, provides a safe environment for women and children to temporarily stay and work toward future goals like securing housing, education or a job, if needed. Typically, the individuals reside at the shelter for 30 to 60 days, during which a support group, legal advocacy and community resources are at their disposal. While men who are victims of domestic violence are unable to reside at Tranquility House, they are provided with services and other shelter options.
“We want this to be a big day, and if possible, we would like every year on Oct. 26 to be Make a Difference Day for Tranquility House,” said Renfroe, a resident of Huntwood Terrace. “... We would like more people to get involved and learn about Tranquility [House] and learn what they could do for these women because some of them have a way out.
“Some have people in their family that will help them get out. Then there are others that have people that have tried so much to help them get out, I think, they literally get sick [of helping], which I think is a cop-out. I don’t think you should ever give up on your family. ... Then there are some that just don’t have nowhere to turn.”
To help support Tranquility House, the public can deliver a wide range of items — non-perishable food, soap, toiletries and paper products — to Huntwood Terrace’s social room at 71 Center Road in Cartersville Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If pick-up service is needed, donors are encouraged to call Joni Webb with Huntwood Terrace at 770-387-9296 or Renfroe at 678-800-4140.
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