Growing better together

By Rachel Autry

(Editor’s note: Rachel Autry is the advocacy and recruitment coordinator for Tri-County CASA.)

This month, April, is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a month dedicated to taking notice of—and working to change—a large problem in our communities.

Child abuse can be sexual, physical, emotional or mental, and in some cases, a victim will experience more than one kind of abuse. Child abuse often goes hand-in-hand with child neglect, and neither crime is limited to a “certain part” of the population.

It’s a problem that transcends racial boundaries—with Caucasian children slightly more likely to be victims than African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American children. Contrary to popular perception, children from middle-class families are more likely to be abused than their poor and extremely poor neighbors. Sadly, it is children 2 years of age and under who experience abuse the most of all age groups, and special-needs children are abused at a higher rate than non-special-needs children.

Abuse and its frequent partner, neglect, have life-long consequences for their victims. Child victims of abuse and neglect have a lower chance of graduating from high school, will have trouble getting or keeping a well-paying job, and often have trouble socially. These children are more likely to become victims of other crimes and to die from overdose of drugs or alcohol. They’re also more likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes and cancer, tending to have more health problems in general throughout their lives.

But abuse can be prevented. Children grow in communities, and communities can play a large part in creating strong, resilient families and safe, happy children. Children in safe and loving homes are not only more resilient to adversity but are also able to recover from past traumas. When the community creates resources for those having trouble with finances, education, housing or health, it not only helps to lower the rate of child abuse but also helps victims excel in life. Those who become foster or adoptive parents or volunteer with organizations such as Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs also help child abuse victims.

Georgia has a hotline for supportive family resources at 1-800-CHILDREN (244-5373), as well as an interactive resource map on the Prevent Child Abuse Georgia website. You can learn more about our local CASA program at or on our  Facebook page at Tri-County CASA, Inc., GA. Georgia’s Child Abuse Reporting hotline is 1-855-422-4453.

All this month, let’s sow seeds of change so we can grow a better tomorrow together!

Fair Haven Market helps those in need

By Kristen Balding

(Editor’s note: Kristen Balding is the outreach and awareness coordinator for Fair Haven. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.)

store front of fair haven market

If you’re a native of Wayne County, you’re probably very familiar with Fair Haven Market– an eclectic thrift store located in the heart of Jesup right across the train tracks. You may have even heard of their daily sales, including their “Quarter Clothing Sale”, where most clothing can be purchased for only .25, but what you may not be aware of is the purpose behind your purchase and the difference that you’re making by choosing to shop at this “diamond in the rough” second-hand shop.  

The Market has a mission and that is to help those in need. Although, the main focus of Fair Haven is assisting survivors of domestic violence in the recovery process; with the generous donations provided by patrons and members of Wayne County, the store has been able to provide clothing, food, furniture, and other necessities to many countless people in need that aren’t victims of domestic violence.

Fair Haven Market has become a beacon of light to so many within our community that have fallen on hard times and have found themselves in hopeless situations.  

If you like to shop and want to purchase with a purpose, please consider visiting Fair Haven Market. You won’t be disappointed with knowing that your shopping is saving lives and making a positive difference locally!

To view their Resource Directory page, click here: Fair Haven

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