Chez Hope invites members into ‘Men Standing Strong’
Chez Hope Inc. is embarking on an initiative called “Men Standing Strong.”
“It is often said that the strongest force in the fight against family violence are men,” Executive Director Sami Riley said. “Men holding men accountable. When men take a stand against family violence by speaking out openly against it, and by supporting the organizations which fight it, the community takes notice. The issue of family violence becomes more serious, and the crusade against it becomes more powerful.”
Chez Hope is now searching for founding members of the Men Standing Strong campaign to make a commitment to stand up publically against family violence.
“As a founding member of Men Standing Strong it is one way for men in our community to use their influence to fight family violence,” Riley said. “This year, Chez Hope is celebrating 30 years of service to victims of family violence. It is our goal to recruit 30 men in 30 days.”
Riley said members must commit and pledge to the following:
—As a man, you oppose family violence.
—Your desire is to live and work in a community where families are safe from violence.
—You support Chez Hope in its efforts to fight family violence.
—You commit to make a $50 donation to Chez Hope, and by so doing, you become a founding member of Men Standing Strong.
—You agree to bring on five more men to join the campaign and commit to the same agreement. You will begin your recruitment in March 2014.
—You agree to have your name and photograph featured in the local newspaper ad showing our local Men Standing Strong group.
—You agree to be featured on the founding member poster of Men Standing Strong, and to display the poster in your home or place of employment.
Riley said the first 30 recruits will be considered the “founding members” of the Men Standing Strong. A poster will be made from a picture of all the men for display.
Chez Hope was established in St. Mary, Lafourche and Assumption Parishes. Chez Hope has a 24-hour crisis line, an emergency shelter, alternative shelter, emergency transportation, crisis intervention, lethality assessments, on-going case management, weekly support groups, a legal advocate program, a children’s program, an outreach program in Assumption and Lafourche parishes, school education programs on bullying and teen dating violence, a volunteer program and a public awareness program.
Chez Hope served 885 men, women and children in 2012 and as of Oct. 1, 2013 has served 1,120 men, women and children. The organization receives 300-350 crisis calls a month from persons requesting assistance. In the last 10 months, Chez Hope has received $65,000 budget cuts to state and federal Grants.
Call 337-828-4200 for more information or look out for letters of invitation.