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Church Donates To SAVE
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 9:10 am
Cannon County SAVE would like to offer a special Thank You to Simmons Chapel Free Methodist Church.
The church recently agreed to help financially support this agency on a monthly basis. Simmons Chapel is currently giving SAVE 100.00 per month.
The funds are greatly appreciated and are a great help in our fight against domestic violence. Everyone at Simmons Chapel is a true blessing to this agency and the victims we serve.
On behalf of the congregation of Simmons Chapel Free Methodist Church, Brother Scott Clark stated, "I would like to encourage the leadership of all the churches of Cannon County to prayerfully consider becoming a regular monthly supporter of Cannon County SAVE (Service and Violence Education). The truth of domestic and child abuse may be hidden from most of our eyes, but the truth of its existence and the evidence that it is more widespread than ever is alarmingly clear. The amount each church could give does not have to be exceptionally high, perhaps somewhere in the range of $25.00 to $100.00 per month. Let us join together in supporting this very worthwhile cause as we bring honor to God through being kind to those in need (Proverbs 14:31)."
Cannon County SAVE is a non profit, 501 c 3 agency located at
301 West Main Street Suite 227
Woodbury TN 37190
All services to victims are free and confidential. If you or someone you know is in need of help from domestic violence please contact this office at 615-563-6690. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to help.
Tee Off Against Domestic Violence with Shirt Shack T-Shirt
Friday, July 16, 2010 3:41 pm
A local businessman is offering citizens a chance to show their support for Cannon County's program that assists victims of domestic violence.
Jim Jones of Shirt Shack, 115 West Main St., Woodbury, has donated 50 t-shirts to Cannon County SAVE. For a donation to SAVE of $20, he will give customers one of the shirts with the SAVE logo imprinted.
Those wishing to make a donation can choose t-shirts from a variety of sizes and colors. All proceed go to support SAVE.
"He (Jones) wanted to do something to support us and to help other people show their support for SAVE," Lisa Baird, the agency's director, said.
"It is a very kind and generous gesture on his part to do this," Baird added. "He came to us. It is a very sweet act on his part."
For additional information, call 563-2663.
SAVE Extends Appreciation for Horse Show Support
Thursday, July 15, 2010 9:28 am
Cannon County SAVE would like to thank everyone who assisted with our Horse Show held on July 10.
The response from the community of business and individuals wishing to donate or volunteer to work the event was overwhelming. This agency is truly blessed to have such wonderful support.
We greatly appreciate everyone from the National Spotted Saddle Horse Association, all the sponsors and the volunteers. We wish we could list each and every one of you.
We plan to make this an annual event so please keep us in mind for next year. Again, thank you all for dedication and your support.
Staff and Volunteers of Cannon County SAVE
SAVE Rides Out with the Blue
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Horses were the main attraction Saturday night at SAVE's National Spotted Saddle Horse (NSSHA) sanctioned horse show at the Cannon County fairgrounds.
Horse trailers filled the parking area and exhibitors and horses were warming up in the arena on the Saturday night show grounds.
Many follow the spotted show circuit all over the south, and Gary and Lisa Gilliam from Lucky Acres Stables, LLC, Castalian Springs, is no exception.
Lisa Gilliam stated they pretty much go to horse shows every Saturday night, traveling with their team and their prize-winning horses to National spotted shows, walking shows, and saddle clubs.
They operate a Certified Riding Instructors Academy Program of the Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association at Lucky Acres.
Of course, as anyone knows, there is a lot more to it than just hauling a horse to the show.
Gilliam quickly stated it takes a team of talented people to make it work, not just one.
Although she just stepped into the stirrups of Dollars In My Pocket for the moment, a three year old she stated that has just been started, she just stepped down from exhibiting the 2009 Amateur Owned and Trained Country Pleasure World Grand Champion, Color's Personal Guard in a prior class.
Lisa Gilliam also holds the title of the 2009 Amateur of the Year, too.
Gilliam stated the SAVE show had been a good so far, she was real happy with Color's Personal Guard. Guard wasn't so good in his first class, but got better as the night went on.
She stated they didn't get the blue, but that's ok.
Seemed SAVE was really having a great show.
Donna Fletcher, General Manager of NSSHA, stated they really appreciated the SAVE program.
Lisa Baird, Director of SAVE, was putting together hamburgers in the concession stand, and wanted to thank everyone for pitching in and helping.
From the volunteers working tirelessly beside her in the concession stand, to the people who donated items and their time, even lending their talent to help with the domestic violence program.
"The people have been wonderful to come out and help support tonight, the ones who have helped by volunteering their time to do this and help us. Thanks also to the ones who sponsored the classes and donated the food. Everything in the concession stand was donated," stated Lisa Baird of SAVE.
Baird ended by stating, "All the people who came out and showed their support for SAVE, it was awesome!"
Domestic Violence Program Running Out Of Money, Program Director Working For Free
Reported by Cynthia Williams - June 24, 2010
WOODBURY, Tenn. -- Lisa Baird spends her days in an 8-foot-by-12-foot room solving big problems for domestic violence victims in Cannon County. Soon, her office door could be closing because, Baird said, funding sources have dried up.
Video: Domestic Violence Program's Doors May Close
"We need money, because we can't afford to close these doors. We're talking about people's lives here," she said.
In a county of about 15,000 people, Baird said, the SAVE program -- which is a 501(c)(3) program -- is the only salvation for victims of domestic violence. She helps with orders of protection and finding safe places for abused women, children and men.
One woman, who did not want to be named, is on the run with her 10-month-old baby.
"The environment we were in was a bad environment, and I did not want (my son) to grow up in that environment," she said.
Another woman, Karen, said she was married for 35 years and that SAVE saved her life.
"I been through purgatory, is the politest way I can put it," Karen said.
This past January, the city of Woodbury and Cannon County gave a total of $4,000 to the domestic violence program, but SAVE said it wasn't enough.
Things have gotten so bad that Baird is working for free. For the past few months, there hasn't been enough money to pay her salary, she said. Faithful volunteers are helping.
Baird said she's hopeful county commissioners will approve money for keeping the center operating.
"Times are tough and there are funding issues everywhere, but we've got to do something," Baird said.
Baird and the SAVE domestic violence program in Cannon County can be reached at 615-563-6690.
Cannon County Church Responds to Help SAVE
Thursday, May 27, 2010
SAVE recently sent out letters to all the churches in Cannon County asking for assistance.
Lisa Baird, Director, SAVE, stated, "Our funds are extremely low and we are in desperate need. Grants are pending; however, the process is very slow and uncertain.
"Cannon Community Church heard and answered our plea," Baird said. "They had a special collection for SAVE and presented this agency with a check for $137.00."
There are approximately 70 churches in Cannon County and if those churches only gave $100 each, it would total approximately $7,000.
That much money would be a tremendous help to those right here in Cannon County who need help at a critical time in their lives.
Unfortunately, domestic violence doesn't pick and choose victims, it can strike anyone, at any time, no matter what church affiliation, no matter what color, race, gender or age.
"We are very grateful for the support provided by the Community Church. It is a true blessing. Thank You again for your assistance in our fight against Domestic Violence. Together we can make a difference," stated Baird.
Cannon County SAVE is a not for profit 501 c 3 agency.
They assist all victims of domestic violence.
Their services are free and include, but are not limited to, Orders of Protection, Counseling, Court Advocacy and assistance with continued education (GED Prep, Computer Skills Training and Literacy).
SAVE also assists with food, clothing, diapers, transitional housing and employment assistance (resumes, applications, interviewing skills, etc.).
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, you are not alone, they can help. Their office is located at 301 West Main Street, Suite 227, Woodbury, TN, 37190.
There is a 24 hour crisis line: 615-563-6690.
Baird stated, "If you would like to donate to our program our volunteer your time, please contact this office at 615-563-6690."
SAVEing Children by Teaching Them Self Defense
Friday, April 30, 2010
In today's society, personal safety has become a very major concern. Children are perhaps the most vulnerable. Parents cannot always be with their children to protect them.
Children who are not prepared are easy targets for a perpetrator. SAVE is dedicated to educating the public about personal safety, whether it be from "Stranger Danger" or a known assailant.
On Thursday, April 29, SAVE held a Self Defense Class for parents and children. Karate Expert Bill Taylor and Success By Six Coordinator for Community Impact, Jennifer Smith, took time out of their busy schedule to provide important tools and information about keeping our children safe.
Mr. Taylor spoke with the children and their parents about perpetrators, lures and what to do when approached. He also demonstrated ways to avoid being kidnapped, how to break free from an assailant and defend yourself.
Ms. Smith finger printed, took pictures and supplied each parent with an identity kit for their child.
The parents, children and this director gained wonderful insight on how to be safe and we had a lot of fun.
SAVE would like to thank Ms. Smith and Mr. Taylor for making this event happen. You are both Awesome.
A Big Thank You From SAVE
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
I am writing to you today about a wonderful organization on MTSU Campus called the Future Society. The Future Society was founded in 2005 by two college students, Nathan McDougal and Terrance Bell. The organization has now grown to approximately 37 members, all college students, under the age of 22, from all different majors dedicated to “ the growth and development of the community”. They work hard on informing the public regarding social issues and helping those in need. The group is constantly looking for social injustices to confront.
The Future Society is and has been involved in many different causes from elderly, youth at risk, hunger, and domestic violence. They participate yearly in Trick or Treat so Others Can Eat.
SAVE was very excited when Future Society President Porsche Stanley contacted this agency and stated the organization wanted to sponsor SAVE for the year. A food drive/fund raiser was held with a very large amount of can goods and $100.00 being donated to SAVE . The food was given to numerous needy families served by this agency within the Cannon County area. The money was used for the daily operational needs of SAVE. The Future Society also held a Easter Egg Hunt for the children within our program. The MTSU students provided all the eggs, games, prizes and labor for the event. A wonderful time was had by all.
The most recent event, “SAVE the Night” was held on Friday, April 16th at MTSU. The event was held to obtain much needed funds for this agency. Domestic Violence is an ever growing problem in Cannon County. Without SAVE, victims would have to seek services outside the county. The Event was a huge success. I was very impressed by the professional and elegant display of the decor of the hall where the event was held. The evening was very well planned from the entertainment, speakers and the delicious dinner. The time and effort put forth by the group was apparent. The amount raised has not been tallied at this time, the members are still collecting donations and encouraging others to donate to the SAVE program.
It amazes me the dedication, compassion and commitment this group of young adults have toward the community. Their at a stage in their lives when most are thinking about their own lives and their future. The Future Society Members are a group of young adults who truly know the meaning of charity and they strive to meet the needs of others. Could you imagine what could be accomplished if everyone followed their example.
I would like to say thank you to everyone at the Future Society. We here at SAVE appreciate, more than words can say, your commitment and dedication to this agency and our fight against domestic violence. May your lights always shine bright.
To contact someone regarding this wonderful organization, please call Porsche Stanley at 901-691-1198.
Lisa Baird, Director
Future Society Officers: President - Porsche Stanley, Vice President - Britaine' Bell, Treasurer - DeAndre Reese, Public Relations - Brittany Taylor, Sergeant At Arms - LaTarsha Bailey, Secretary - Ka'Darra Mckissick
Manchester Wal-Mart Donates To SAVE
Thursday, April 8, 2010
FirstBank Donates To SAVE
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
We are very thankful to FirstBank for the much needed funds. Everyone at the bank has been very supportive of the program. Manager Mrs. Parker, who is also on the SAVE Board, understands first hand the importance of this agency to the residents of Cannon County.
She is a very active board member and is very knowledgeable of our program. She knows the financial struggles this agency faces in providing services for victims of domestic abuse.
Thank You again FirstBank for you generous donation.
Future Society Sponsors Egg Hunt For SAVE
Monday, April 5, 2010
The Future Society, an organization on MTSU campus, has adopted SAVE as their charitable organization for the year. The Future Society sponsored an Easter Egg Hunt on April 3 for the children affiliated with SAVE.
Fourteen children from 18 months to 10 years of age enjoyed a day of egg hunting fun, games and prizes.
We greatly appreciate the Future Society Members hard work and dedication to this agency. It is evident, they are living up to their purpose "To promote growth and development in the community by educating and informing the public and volunteering their time and efforts were it is needed."
Cannon County S.A.V.E.: Your Chance to Make A Difference
By: Tracey Neal
Monday, April 5, 2010 8:50 am
Have you noticed that you do not hang out with friends and family as you once did? You tell yourself you just do not have the time, because your home life comes first. At least that’s what he keeps reminding you.
It seems to get harder to come up with more and more excuses for the bruises you often have. People just won’t understand that it was your fault … that you should have been more careful about making him upset. After all, you know how he gets. No one understands that he always apologizes afterwards. If only he didn’t love you so much…
Does this sound familiar? The problem is, a situation like this is not about love; it is about control. It is NOT your fault. When one person attempts to exert power and control over someone else in a relationship, it is abuse.
There are many types of abuse: physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, psychological. Any behavior which includes terrorizing, intimidating, hurting, blaming, or manipulating someone can start off slowly, and often does. Eventually, though, the victim feels trapped in a dangerous situation. People the victim would normally confide in were pushed away long ago. Domestic abuse doesn’t start with physical violence, but usually ends up that way.
Women are not the only victims. Over thirty percent of domestic violence victims are men. Seventy-four percent (74%) of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner. Children are often the victims, either being abused themselves or observing it in their homes. Often, this leads these young victims to act out what they see on other students at school. It is estimated that ten million (10,000,000) children are exposed to domestic violence every year. One out of every 5 high schoolers has reported being abused in some way by a dating partner.
In Cannon County, there is a place where victims of domestic violence can seek help. Cannon County S.A.V.E. has assisted 290 clients between September 2008 and March 2010, and the list grows each day.
At SAVE, director Lisa Baird has written nearly one hundred orders of protection. Emotional support, court advocacy, and Orders of Protection are only the beginning of what Cannon County SAVE offers to those in need of assistance to get out of an abusive relationship.
SAVE helps with immediate clothing, food, and transitional housing needs. We also offer educational assistance and job training skills to help individuals recover their independence. We are in the process of trying to get a shelter, so that victims in our county have a safe haven to go to. We will go to court with the client, assist them with needs and/or counseling, help them achieve their GED, and be that person’s advocate.
All services to clients are free. We provide public education and training about domestic violence to the community, social service agencies, and law enforcement.
We are a 501(C)(3) not-for-profit dedicated to ending the cycle of domestic violence in our community. We believe all residents of our county, regardless of race, gender, class or religion deserves to be treated with care and dignity. We strive to eliminate the barriers victims are confronted with in seeking assistance and services for domestic violence. We work with victims in taking back their lives.
What we really need are funds. If you are a business or an individual who can help in any way, or if you know someone who can help, please feel free to contact Lisa @ 563-6690. If you are a victim of domestic violence who needs help, or know someone who is, call us. This is your chance to make a difference in someone’s life. Please help us help them.
Church Comes to Aide of SAVE Program
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The First United Methodist Church of Woodbury has adopted Cannon County's domestic violence program.
The church recently donated items of coloring books, crayons, diapers wipes, fruit juices boxes and children's vitamins. The church has also provided "Medical Kits' that consist of soap, wash clothes, band aides, tooth brushes/toothpaste and other hygiene items.
The items will be given to individuals and families in Cannon County who are victims of domestic abuse and or sexual assault.
The church plans to make this an own going project and wishes to help the program in anyway possible. The items are a true blessing to this agency. As everywhere, our budget is very tight. We greatly appreciate the kindness and generosity of First United.
All to often when a client comes into the program bringing the smallest of victims, their children. These little ones are frightened and often hungry. The juice boxes and coloring books will provide them nourishment and for a short time, something to take their mind off the adult issues at hand.
The other items will greatly assist the adult victims who are already financially strained and assist them in caring for their family, lessen the financial burden.
"Thank you again to First United Methodist for all you do," said Lisa Baird, SAVE director.