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New director settling in at Family Haven
Community support vital to organization
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Tara Hall has been director of Family Haven since December. - photo by Autumn McBride

Contact
Family Haven’s crisis hotline number is (770) 887-1121. For more information, go online at www.forsythcountyfamilyhaven.info/Home.html.

Upcoming
Family Haven’s Back to Woodstock fundraiser is set for 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Reid’s Barn, 6944 Majors Road. There will be a live band, food and a cash bar. Bellbottoms and platform shoes are welcome.

As a survivor of domestic violence, Family Haven’s new executive director knows firsthand the struggles of those who come to the nonprofit for help.

Tara Hall said she came up with her own plan of action to get out of an abusive relationship.

“I didn’t really think about shelters or any type of assistance, but I knew in my personal circumstances that I had to get out,” she said.

Part of that plan included going back to school. While doing an internship, Hall decided she wanted to work with other victims.

Hall, who has been Family Haven's executive director since December, said the organization offers a variety of services, including housing, legal advocacy, counseling and a 24-hour crisis hotline.

Hall said the hotline is not only for those suffering from domestic violence, but also those who are looking for information on how to help someone who is being abused.

“We have outreach services for people out in the community who are not quite ready to leave, but they still need our support,” she added.
Family Haven serves Forsyth and north Fulton counties.

Hall said she hopes to expand its programs and work more closely with other nonprofits in the community.

“One thing I’m really working hard on too is letting people in the community know that we are here and want to work closely with those groups that provide services because that helps us too,” she said.

“We need the support of the community, as well as being a resource for the community to provide adequate services.”

Family Haven also has a thrift store, across from the Ingles on Hwy. 20. All proceeds go toward the nonprofit’s programs.

She said families ready to transition from Family Haven to their own housing receive items they need from the thrift store for free.

The thrift store also takes donations of new and gently used items. Hall said size 5 diapers and boys’ clothing are at the top of the list.

She said volunteer opportunities are also available for those who want to help out.

Hall said another service offered by Family Haven is safety planning, which is aimed at helping those who are and are not ready to leave their abusive situations stay safe.

She said the likelihood that someone who is being abused will be killed by their abuser is seven times greater when that person tries to leave, than if that person were to stay in an abusive relationship.

She said for many victims, calling the hotline is a pivotal step.

“You make that phone call and say you need help, that’s the beginning of your new life right there,” Hall said. “That’s the hardest part is making that phone call.”