HomeSafe, a local agency that helps survivors of domestic violence in Wilson and surrounding counties, will give away food boxes Jan. 7 to women in Wilson County who are survivors of domestic violence.
Wilson County Director Rebekah Cothran said HomeSafe wants to help survivors get a good start on the New Year, and make them aware HomeSafe is available to provide counseling and other advocacy services for those struggling to overcome the effects of an abusive relationship.
"The plan is for them to call me and tell me they need the food, and for them to come by and get it," she said. "We got a lot of food from a Kroger food drive and from the Jimmy Floyd Center. I don't hoard food, I want to give it away."
She said a lot of women in crisis try to hang on during Christmas for the sake of their children.
"They don't call the week of Christmas," Cothran said. "Then, the first week of the New Year, we're flooded. They hold onto the ideal of Christmas for the kids, then it's all shattered."
HomeSafe continues to be the only agency in Wilson, Sumner and Robertson counties to provide comprehensive, free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence. It is also the only non-governmental agency in the county responding 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
HomeSafe's mission is "to provide survivors of domestic violence with support services, advocate for non-violent relationships and homes, and develop greater community awareness and involvement to prevent violence in all domestic relationships."
Cothran also thinks anyone in an abusive relationship could contact the agency under the guise of going to pick up free food.
"It's a good excuse to get out," she said.
Anyone interested in receiving food should contact Cothran at 615-444-8955 to set up a time to pick up a food box.