NEED HELP? CALL OUR 24-HOUR HOTLINE
1-888-782-1338 OR 706-782-1003
(llámenos para ayudarle)

IN IMMEDIATE DANGER? CALL 911

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To provide free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse

STAFF

Our highly trained and dedicated staff is focused on providing service to people who are experiencing, or are affected by abuse.

Caroline Wallis, Executive Director
Lisa Robertshaw, Assistant Director | Grant Administration
Jekka Smith, COO
Brooke Kowalsky, CFO
Katie Chirby | Volunteer Coordinator
Ruthie Zoellner, Director of Program Development

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER AND SERVICES

Kelsey Taylor, Director of Family Violence Programs
O’Neil Young, Director of Shelter Services
Irene Sheppard | Kayla Talley | Kortney Owens

POWER HOUSE CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER and
POWER HOUSE SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTER

Mark Smith, Director of Power House Child Advocacy Center & Sexual Assault Center

Laura Davis | Lisa Fugel | Madison Cousineau  |  Anna Leneski

THRIFT STORES

Dena Crane, Store Manager
Susan Kulow, Assistant Manager 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our Board of Directors supports our mission, providing guidance on how we can
expand and grow while helping ensure we have the resources we need to advance.

Greg Rhodes, President
Angela Luke, Vice-President
Kathy McClure, Secretary
Tom Lines, Treasurer

Andrea Altholz
Bob DeFiore
Brent Edwards
Ramelle Garland
Jennifer Kyle
Kiana Miles

Jennifer Stack Moore
Jay Morgan
Chad Nichols, Sheriff
John Pearce
Austin Perry
Susan Roberson

Donna Speed
Gary Speed
Thomas B. West
Ken Whisenhunt
Marlan Wilbanks
Ava Zavala

CONTACT INFORMATION

CRISIS LINE: 1-888-782-1338 (24 hour)

FAITH office: 706-782-1003
FAITH fax : 706-782-8411
stopabuse@faith-inc.org
PO Box 1964, Clayton, GA 30525-0050

POWER HOUSE
CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER and
SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTER OFFICE:
706-886-2290
mark@faith-inc.org
768 Hwy 123, Toccoa, GA 30577

OUR HISTORY

For nearly 30 years, F.A.I.T.H. has been helping people in our communities cope with the impact of violence and abuse in their lives. We have grown exponentially along the way…

1993

After conducting community-wide assessment, determines need for domestic violence program in Rabun County

1994

  • Forms a Board of Directors, gains non-profit status, becomes registered corporation in GA
  • Starts its 24-hour crisis hotline
  • Hires Executive Director, begins services for victims of domestic violence
  • Awarded contract with VOCA

1995

Opens Thrift Store in Dillard, GA

1996

  • Renovates building – proceeds from Rhapsody in Rabun, shelter for battered women & children
  • Thrift Store relocates to downtown Clayton, GA

1997

  • Domestic Violence Shelter opens in January
  • Awarded several state contracts including DCA, VOCA, DHR and DFCS
  • Awarded a state contract to provide Sexual Assault Prevention Services for Rabun & Stephens counties

1998

  • Awarded state & federal funding as state certified shelter.
  • Awarded contract with VAWA program to provide Sexual Assault Services in Rabun, Stephens & Towns counties
  • Hosts first annual Sweetheart Ball
  • Thrift Store open five days a week

1999

  • Awarded full state Shelter Certification status
  • Awarded state contract for Services & Shelter by GA DHR Family Violence Program
  • Additional staff member hired, provides 24-hour on-site shelter coverage

2000

  • Domestic Violence Shelter renovation completed
  • Resource Library completed
  • Funding received to begin Child Advocacy Center in Stephens County, GA

2001

  • Annual Sweetheart Ball; 400 guests
  • Receives funding for TANF Staff Position (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families)

2002

F.A.I.T.H. receives anonymous gift of $75,000 to open Power House Child Advocacy Center; dedication ceremony on June 2nd

2004-2005

F.A.I.T.H.’s Shelter remodel completed

2006

Therapy wing addition completed on Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Center

2008

Our new Domestic Violence Shelter completed

2012

  • Thrift Store opens new Furniture location in downtown Clayton, GA
  • First in Georgia to reach the 15% tipping point for adults trained in Darkness to Light 5-Steps to Protecting Children program

2015

Expansion and remodeling completed on Child Advocacy Center and Sexual Assault Center

2018

20th Anniversary of F.A.I.T.H.’s Annual Sweetheart Ball