Athens Review, Athens, Texas

November 13, 2013

Group in great need

Family Peace Project searching for donations

Kathi Nailling
The Athens Review

Athens — The Family Peace Project, Inc. is a Christ-centered organization providing a place of refuge and resources to victims of family violence.  

The Family Peace Project may be based in Athens, but their clients come from all over the Henderson County area. The agency is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization funded by private donations and grants.

The organization helps families get back on their feet after suffering from family violence situations. Most of the families are coming out of protective shelters. These families, including children, will be starting over.

“We are just out of everything,” Marlena Taylor, Executive Director, said. “We desperately need donations.”

Taylor said they are in urgent need of household donations.

“We have six families we need to help set up a kitchen, bathroom and a total household,” Taylor said. “Picture yourself starting completely over, with nothing – no sheets, towels, toothbrush, dishes or any of the items we all take for granted.

“Women and children in our community go without proper food, shelter, and essential medical care every day due to a variety of factors, including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness, age, domestic violence or divorce.  While all of us are susceptible to hard times, women and children are at the most risk, and they make up the largest number of clients we serve.”

Taylor said she goes everywhere for donations. Recently she posted on social media,  “We have a big need for blankets, comforters, sheets, towels, household items, pots and pans. Small appliances (are needed).  We have six families requesting support. We need your help.”

“If there are organizations that would like to take the Family Peace Project on as a project, that would be great,” said Taylor. “We have people waiting for these items.”

She said the families are willing to take used items. She asked the items donated to be in useable condition.

“The goal of the Peace Project is to keep families of domestic violence off the streets and in safe homes,” Taylor said.

Because the organization depends on public donations and grants, they have fundraisers to raise the necessary money to help the many families effected by domestic abuse.

Currently the Family Peace Project is selling tickets for a scooter  donated by Power Action Sports. Tickets are $10 each.

The drawing is scheduled to be held on Friday, Nov. 15. There are plans in the works for additional fundraisers in the future.

Any donation can to brought to the Family Peace Project at 720 E. Corsicana St. in Athens.  The organization always needs monetary donations.  There is also a Family Peace Project Thrift Store that is always looking for donations.

For information as to how you can help the Family Peace Project, call 903-677-9177.