To be the best outcome driven, evidence based, cost effective mental health care in North Carolina for survivors of domestic abuse. We want to be known as the catalyst organization affecting positive change in the lives of survivors.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS TOWARDS THAT GOAL last updated 6/13/20
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.
The Founder re-calibrated from the initial vision of an in-home program to offering the 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!
W. Stephen Varnedoe, Jr., CPA, Treasurer
"From the first time I heard about VictoryLife House, I wanted to support the vision. Having worked on other nonprofit boards and with my CPA background, it was an easy YES when MJ approached me about volunteering for the Treasurer position."
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."
George Gilbert, Board Member
George is a native of Charlotte and resides in his hometown of Belmont, NC. He worked as a police officer for six years and has always taken pride in helping his community.
He has served in the financial industry for the past 11 years and is an Advisor and Managing Director at Carolina Asset Management, a local Financial Planning Firm. George is proud to align with a firm that shares his beliefs and passion for helping, not only their clients, but other financial professionals achieve their mission.
"With my background, I know that VictoryLife House is a desperately needed charitable organization, and one I am proud to support."
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 and provides the Founder relevant feedback, ideas, and knowledge shared so she can mitigate as much risk as possible and enhance policies and procedures.