As we shared with readers in April, the Big Canoe Chapel Benevolence Committee’s mission is to provide support to individuals as well as charitable and faith-based organizations in need, focusing on Pickens and Dawson counties. Our assistance is primarily in the form of financial support, but we also look for ways to assist organizations in accomplishing their missions through hands-on projects. In this second installment, we are featuring two of the agencies we support: Joy House and No One Alone.

Joy House

For 20 years, Joy House has provided Christ-centered care for struggling teens, families and individuals. A residential program is offered for at-risk teens, which provides a home for those in crisis while partnering with their families to pursue family restoration. The program includes home life for the teen with a mature Christian couple, an accredited academic program and individualized counseling.

Through their community counseling center, Joy House provides Christian counseling on parenting, depression, adolescent issues, anxiety, grief, marital strife and other difficult life issues. The 575/515 corridor of Georgia is served with three locations: a campus in Jasper and offices in Woodstock and Ellijay.

All services in both the teen residential program and community counseling center are offered based on ability-to-pay. No one will be refused service based on financial considerations.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, plans to build a second girls’ home were delayed, but Joy House hopes to complete construction in 2021. The focus continues to be meeting the day-to-day needs of teens and families who are part of the residential program and providing affordable professional and Christ-centered counseling to clients through their counseling center.

To learn more about Joy House, visit its website, www.thejoyhouse.org.

No One Alone

Founded in 1992, No One Alone (NOA)provides emergency shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence in Dawson and Lumpkin counties. The shelter is state-certified by the Governor’s Office for Children and Families and has a maximum capacity of 12 beds. NOA’s support services include a 24-hour crisis line, case management, financial assistance, life and job skills training, parenting classes, individual counseling and support groups, legal advocacy, and educational scholarships to help victims and their children achieve safety and stability.

No One Alone works to avert family violence by investing in prevention efforts to educate children and young adults about the dangers of abusive relationships. Through the School Violence Prevention Program, students, teachers and parents are engaged to recognize and prevent bullying, dating violence and family violence. Entire generations of children are being affected by fostering attitudes that violence is not an acceptable way to solve conflicts.

NOA visits every school in Dawson and Lumpkin counties, teaching students about abuse and what can be done about it. Awareness and understanding of domestic violence are key to achieving NOA’s vision: Create a community with zero tolerance for all forms of violence and abuse. 

In the 29 years since its doors opened, NOA has assisted over 15,000 victims through shelter and support services. The impact of its work remains visible today in the lives of those they have served.

To learn more about No One Alone, visit their website, www.noonealone.org.