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Closing the Book on a Year of Academic Mentorship

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in of Help, of Hope |


Some of our dedicated young readers and a few of our volunteer mentors from 2016

Since October 2015, Children’s Restoration Network (CRN) has partnered with Cherokee Family Violence Center to implement Project One on One, an academic mentorship program to assist children who would like to develop academically and professionally.  Every Monday evening Project One on One mentors and students met individually or in small groups to focus on homework, projects, or skill building activities.  CFVC and CRN would have been able to  make this opportunity successful for the children in our program without the help of the 11 mentors who volunteered with us this academic year: Alison Abbot, Barbara Asperger, Christine Basso, Nolan Byrnes, Michele Galloway, Robin Kearney, Ellen Lavey, Nadia Mahmood, Ashley Patton, Madison Pippins, and Natosha Williams.  Christine Basso was an extra hit because she brought one of her four dogs as part of the Reading Education Assistance Dog (READ) program where children read to the dog. Many children found this to be more comfortable for them.


We had a total of 24 children attend academic mentoring during our first year of the program!  We are hoping to increase the number of mentors which will allow for us to increase the number of students who can participate in Project One on One during the next school year when we resume our program on August 1, 2016.  To celebrate the great year our students and mentors had, last night we celebrated with a pizza party, snacks, and board games!


We are excited to see our partnership with CRN, our mentors and, of course, the great young minds in our program continue to develop into next year.  If you are interested in becoming an academic mentor at CFVC, please contact Children’s Restoration Network at (770) 649-7117.

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Family Advocate Featured in Local Media

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in of Hope |


We have a fantastic team here at Cherokee Family Violence Center; and while we do our best to celebrate each other, we are always excited to see that others in our community have taken note of our stellar staff members.  Today, CFVC Family Advocate, Sheila Lundquist and her family were featured in the Cherokee Ledger News.  We are so happy that the Ledger chose to honor Sheila’s efforts as not only an advocate for victims of domestic violence, but children in the foster care system.  Make sure to pick up the Ledger this week and read all about the Lundquist family, so you can get to know the Sheila that all of her clients and the staff here, already know and love.  If you are not local, you can also read the article online.

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Are you Ready for the Poker Run?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in of Hope |

Poker Run 2Tomorrow is the big day – the Poker Run rolls out of Woodstock starting at 9AM!

We are excited to hear that so many of our supporters are planning to attend.  If you did not make the cutoff for pre-registration, you can sign up for the event onsite.  Vehicles are $20 and the driver’s additional passengers will be $15 each.  You can also purchase an extra hand of poker for $10 if you want to increase your odds of winning the cash prize.  That’s right – the high hand of the day gets a cash prize!

If you have not attended a poker run before, the premise is that you are building a hand of poker as you move along the route.  At each stop along the route, you draw a playing card until you complete your hand of poker. What makes it extra fun is that the riders do not know where they are headed until they progress to the next stop – it is a bit like a scavenger hunt.

Thanks to our sponsor Sheriff Roger Garrison Charities along with our Board of Directors, we have many great door prizes and raffle items including a NASCAR Driving Experience, a YETI cooler (thank you Freedom Powersports!) painting class, jewelry and gift cards.  We will also have tshirts and some memorabilia available for purchase at the ride.

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We hope that you will join us at the ride tomorrow and bring a friend or two along for the fun!  Just checkout our information page for additional details:


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Celebrating the American Dream

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in of Healing, of Hope |

We are so very excited to share a video from the Re:Dream Project, which highlights one of our survivors, Lynn Chopp. Re:Dream is about people living in America as they navigate opportunity, meet obstacles, and pursue happiness in the 21st century. Lynn joins 39 other impressive Americans featured in micro-documentaries in the project. By sharing the hopes and struggles of everyday U.S. residents, Re:Dream will find out what opportunities they feel they have access to and if issues of identity —including race, gender, geography, sexuality—impact their ability to grasp those opportunities. The nationwide project is produced by PBS member stations in fifteen different cities, including local affiliate, Georgia Public Broadcasting, who produced Lynn’s piece and made a visit to CFVC while filming.  We are so glad to see Lynn getting recognized for her contributions to our community and hope the world enjoys getting to know this exceptional woman as much as we have.  

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Be the Change!

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016 in of Help, of Hope | 0 comments

Volunteer Training March 2016

Gandhi said it best, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  We have taken that theme to heart, recognizing that we needed to restructure how we have been utilizing volunteers.  With fresh starts in mind, we now have a dedicated contact for volunteers in our Outreach Coordinator, Niki Lemeshka, and we have rebooted the volunteer training program at Cherokee Family Violence Center.  We are so excited about unveiling our new ideas and ways to be involved at our first volunteer training and are happy to be accepting signups for the training.

We are calling for individuals and groups who are interested in impacting change for victims of abuse to register for the two-day training, which will be held on March 10th (from 6-9PM) and March 12th (from 10AM-4PM) at the Bridgemill Community Room.  For questions about volunteering at CFVC, or to register for the training, please contact Niki at or (770) 479-1804 x215.

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