To be the best outcome driven, evidence based, cost effective mental health care no matter where survivors of Domestic Abuse live. We want to be known as the catalyst organization affecting positive change in communities and the lives of survivors.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS TOWARDS THAT GOAL last updated 8/21/20
VictoryLife House (VLH) is considered a start-up nonprofit.
May 21, 2018, VLH filed their North Carolina Articles of Incorporation as a C Corp. July 7, VLH applied for the 501c3 designation, receiving it on July 17 (82-5055426).
August, the Founder began posting daily Healing Hearts posts on social media to reach couples who might be struggling within their relationship in order to encourage them to consider the other.
Specific marketing efforts in late 2018 were as dual presenters with the UNCC Omega Psi Phi group and a podcast interview with Metrolina Psychotherapy Associates. VLH had their first fundraiser (Shagging for Survivors) followed by sponsorship at a Charlotte Checkers game that November, topped off by their Decarlo/Dog Ear classic rock concert in December.
Their fourth fundraiser (Swinging FORE Survivors at Topgolf, Charlotte) was held March 30.
The Founder's first audio and eBook, Diamonds, War & Cookies, describing her survivor story were released that July.
In August, the VLH Life After Abuse weekly support group began and continues to this day every Sunday. This support group initially began with a different mental health professional facilitating the group each week, but the format has since changed. Finance, budgeting, credit, nutrition, mental health, self assessment, and wellness were all taught.
February 12 the Founder was interviewed through iHeart radio.
February 13, Purpose Charlotte presented an opportunity to be the charity of choice for their Galentine's event.
March 2020 Metrolina Psychotherapy Associates collaborated with VLH to provide a free 12-week Cognitive Processing Therapy workshop. Six ladies began and completed the course in May.
Also in February 2020, a local church offered a house in which to run the VLH Beauty from Ashes program. The structural engineering assessment was cancelled when Covid-19 hit. As well, the second annual Topgolf charity event to be held at the end of March was postponed and since cancelled.
The Founder re-calibrated from the initial vision of an in-home program being established first to offering the Beauty from Ashes program online and thus began the efforts towards that end.
June 7 saw the birth of VLH's second class: Dream Wide Awake with instruction by Sherré DeMao, author of the workbook with the same title. This is a self-empowerment guide for shifting from balance to synergy and daydreaming to dream doing. Ten women are attending. June 7 also began the second round of Cognitive Processing Therapy. Eight women are attending this class.
In May, the Founder started a weekly Q&A blog with Percell St. Thomass, a 30-year veteran of working in the mental health arena as a therapist. He is also a motivational speaker, health & wellness coach and empowerment teacher.
OUR AMAZING TEAM!
Chris Lawing, CPA, Treasurer
"With over 30 years of experience as a CPA in the Charlotte area, I’ve had the pleasure of working successfully in many corporate environments from small sole proprietors to fortune 500s. Everything from automotive to construction, education to energy, and healthcare to hospitality to name a few! Some names you may be familiar with are Kewaunee Scientific, Goodyear, Food Lion, and Arthur J. Gallagher.
In 2010, I transitioned into a financial and accounting advisor role for business owners and their executive teams; a CFO For Hire! My focus has been to partner with owners and C-level management primarily regarding finance and administration issues. When I met MJ, I knew I wanted to be a part of something bigger and immediately wanted to help her effort to affect positive change in communities around the nation. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many CEO’s, and trust me, she’s a visionary with the skill set to make it happen. I am honored to hold the title of Treasurer for the VictoryLife House Board of Directors."
Bob Sheppard, Board Member
"God has done so much for me that I wanted to give back. I have felt compelled to get involved in something and this opportunity presented itself to me as the right thing to do."
John Lloyd, Secretary
"I've lived in the Charlotte area for the last five years. Originally from Hampton, SC. As the youngest child of a domestic abuse survivor, I immediately saw the vision of VictoryLife House and knew the organization and Founder, MJ, had a heart to help people and change lives for the better. My goal is to continually use my skill set and efforts to contribute toward VictoryLife House's vision: helping those affected by domestic violence achieve Victory over their lives, and help create meaningful change in our community."
Our board members and advisors consist of all non-compensated members who provide the Founder relevant feedback, ideas, and knowledge so she can mitigate as much risk as possible in order to enhance policies and procedures.