(WMC-TV) - Organizers hope a year-long fundraiser will pay off to help domestic abuse victims and their children.
The House of Grace, which houses nearly 2,500 domestic abuse victims each year, is trying to pay off the mortgage in just one year.
The House of Grace is a primary source of help in Desoto County for women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. With the help of the community, it hopes to keep its doors open to house even more families.
"When the Lord started dealing with me about domestic violence I said, 'Well Lord I don't know any battered women,'" said Lorine Cady, House of Grace Chairman of Ministries.
Lorine Cady says nearly 15 years ago she was inspired to help women and children of domestic violence but had no idea where to find those victims.
Cady learned that domestic violence casts a blind eye on race and status and soon founded The House of Grace Shelter of Southaven.
With two college degrees and a successful career in nursing, Melissa Hobbs says she was a woman who said abuse could never happen to her.
"I felt extremely trapped, I felt embarrassed," said Hobbs.
Hobbs fled her abusive relationship in Arkansas and relocated in Memphis.
"I was here about three weeks and he showed up and assaulted me and fractured my skull, in front of my daughters," she explained.
Hobbs found refuge at the House of Grace for six months until she was able to get back on her feet.
Primarily funded by individual donations and grants, Cady says the shelter mortgage is a strain on the budget.
"Done in One" is a fundraising project that will attempt to raise enough money to pay off the shelter's mortgage within one year.
"People of Southaven and surrounding areas should really, if possible, get in and support this ministry," said Hobbs.
For more information about the House of Grace and how you can help or find help, call (662) 342-1432.