MOUNT VERNON — Women fleeing violence have found shelter, advocacy and other supportive services at New Directions for 29 years. The DELTA Project at New Directions has promoted healthy relationships in schools and throughout the county for nine years. Today the DELTA Project aims at eradicating the roots of violence while New Directions works to help those scarred by violence rebuild their lives.
New Directions and the DELTA Project belong to and strive to meet the needs of the community.
Because the needs persist and meeting those needs costs money, community support is essential. Last year for the first time, more than 200 community members and sponsors turned out for a benefit dinner and celebration at the Knox County Career Center and raised $26,000 for New Directions. Each guest donated at least $100. Dinner guests listened as Knox Countian and Cornell University law student, Aaron Allard, told his story of survival after his father attempted to kill him and did kill his mother and sister. It was wonderful to welcome him home and hear the story of how he learned to trust with loving support from his maternal grandparents. Building on success, more than forty community leaders are inviting others to dinner at Knox County Career Center on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The aim is for 260 guests to support the cause by raising more than $26,000.
The speaker will be Tuesday Ryan-Hart, a social worker who walked out of traditional service provision and academics and walked on to become a community host/facilitator partnering with communities to create change in the Columbus area and around the world. Her story of change is part of the recently released book “Walk Out Walk On” by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze. No stranger to Knox County, two years ago in Mount Vernon, Tuesday encouraged a nucleus of New Directions board members, staff and volunteers to become fundraisers. Without that collaboration such an ambitious project would never have happened.
To learn more about New Directions and Project DELTA, be a part of the community at Knox County Career Center on Thursday. Make your reservation by calling New Directions at 397-4357.
Published on April 30, 2012