Brooks House is a home where women and children who are victims of natural disaster, foreclosure, divorce, substance abuse, unhealthy relationships and negative life choices. Most of the women are looking for a better life and a “hand up” to create a better future for themselves and their families, Reese said.
Brooks House was established in October 2006 and is a nonprofit at 219 Virginia Ave. in Lebanon.
It provides temporary housing helping women transition to permanent housing, Reese said. So far, they have served nearly 400 women and children. From 2008-2012, 90 percent of the residents left to permanent housing and employment.
In addition, 35 former residents have received their GED, and 23 women have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from local colleges, completed associate’s degree programs or career institution programs, she said.
Blues and soul bands Rock Me Blue and The Blues Brokers entertained the crowd with their rocking original tunes and covers of hits by Etta James and ZZ Top. WANT’s M.J. Lucas served as emcee for the evening.
Capitol Theatre owner Bob Black presented Reese a check for $4,220, from ticket sales for the evening.
Reese said the money would be used for a variety of expenses at Brooks House.
“Brooks House is my passion. It is my love. It is every breath that I take,” Reese told the crowd. “We take women who are broken, and to see how God puts them back together is amazing.
“We are so lucky at Brooks House to have all of you who support us every day to bring in the things that we need, to see how God can change things around.”
In addition to financial support, Brooks House also accepts volunteers to assist in the daily operations of the house. For more information on volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Brooks House, call 615-444-8882, email email@example.com or visit brookshouse.org.
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