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New Directions helps abused, homeless in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – New Directions is reorganizing and repurposing some of its different organizations that help support the homeless and abused in the Grand Strand.

Life Line was the safe house for abused women who were in some kind of immediate danger. It used to be a part of the New Directions coalition. But in May, leaders disbanded the organization in order to better serve the needs of the community.

Kathy Jenkins, the executive director for New Directions, says by reorganizing, they are now filling the void and meeting the greater need of Myrtle Beach and Horry County. For two years, Jenkins says Life Line was totally restricted to only serving women who are victims of domestic violence and in immediate danger and running from their abusers. Now, through the rest of the regular homeless shelters, New Directions is caring for all women and children, whether they are victims of abuse, homeless, or displaced.

Jenkins points out though that for any woman who is in dire need of a secret and safe place to hide and rebuild a life, New Directions will connect you to the Family Justice Center in Georgetown. “We don’t want anyone to go unserved,” says Jenkins. “And we believe with this kind of teamwork and this kind of partnership, that we won’t allow anyone in Georgetown or Horry County to go unserved.”

Jenkins says she has not heard any negative feedback on how this is working.

New Directions is also continuing its work to help get the homeless in the Grand Strand back on their feet. The ‘Back to Work, Back to Life’ program helps you get a job, keep that job, and find permanent housing. The organization is in the process of hiring a new, full-time employee to do all the leg work in finding available jobs for their homeless clients.

If you would like to donate to New Directions’ efforts to help the homeless, the organization is launching its second annual Non-Event Black Tie Gala. It’s a tongue-in-cheek way to raise support. The invitation explains you can enjoy the evening at home, knowing you made a difference in someone’s life by donating what you did not spend in order to attend a black tie fundraiser. Suggested donations range from $300 (what you would spend on a black tie dress) to $100 (what you would spend on event tickets). Any donation is welcome. Last year, $18,000 was donated to support the ‘Back to Work, Back to Life’ program.

You can click here for more information on the gala and the services New Directions provides.

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