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From left, the Rev. Oliver Helsabeck, pastor of Yadkinville United Methodist Church; the Rev. Mark Brown, founder of the Sparrows House; Jennifer Bowman, executive director of the Sparrows House; and Linda Baity, UMW president at YUMC, visit at the meeting.
From left, the Rev. Oliver Helsabeck, pastor of Yadkinville United Methodist Church; the Rev. Mark Brown, founder of the Sparrows House; Jennifer Bowman, executive director of the Sparrows House; and Linda Baity, UMW president at YUMC, visit at the meeting.
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YADKINVILLE — Organizers for the future Sparrow’s House domestic violence shelter in Yadkin County recently addressed members of Yadkinville United Methodist Church.


The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Yadkinville United Methodist Church said they were pleased to have Jennifer Bowman, executive director, and the Rev. Mark Brown, founder, provide a program on The Sparrow’s House, Inc., at their quarterly gathering on July 22 in the church’s Family Life Center.


The Sparrow’s House will provide a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse. During 2011, the United Methodist Men and Women adopted domestic violence as a social issue upon which to raise awareness and to devote attention. Domestic violence is a pattern of control over one’s partner/spouse. It can be expressed physically, sexually, emotionally, economically, and/or psychologically.


At the time, there was no shelter in Yadkin County for those subjected to domestic abuse. Victims had to seek shelter elsewhere. Now, with a house selected, a board comprised of concerned local professionals, and the backing of several individuals, this goal is on the verge of becoming a reality.


Brown of Redeemer Yadkin Valley Church shared that The Sparrow’s House will be a private, nonprofit organization. A capital campaign will be launched to raise funds to support this facility. Jennifer Bowman, herself a survivor of domestic violence, knows the horror to which victims are subjected. She previously worked with the Surry County shelter.


Bowman informed the group that one in four women will be subjected to domestic and/or sexual violence in their lifetime. She advised that last year 1,058 calls for advice/help were received in Yadkin County alone. Those needing shelter previously had to be sent to facilities in other counties. The purpose of The Sparrow’s House will be to “Empower Victims to become Independent Survivors.” There will be a need and opportunity for volunteers at The Sparrow’s House. Following the program, there was a productive question and answer period.


Members of Yadkinville United Methodist Church said they wanted to encourage other churches and community groups to invite Brown and Bowman to speak about The Sparrow’s House and the services it will provide to Yadkin County residents. Those interested in learning more about the Sparrow’s House are asked to contact Jennifer Bowman at 336-354-3434 or sparrowhouseinc@gmail.com.

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