From a media release: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Hospitality House for Women is prepared to heighten Rome-Floyd County’s knowledge of such violence and break down barriers for victims.
Hospitality House invites the community to get involved about the issue of domestic violence; after all, silence only fuels the violence. Some opportunities include:
Walk the Walk
Today: Ladies, gentlemen, children and pets are invited as Rome embarks on its 10th anniversary of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. This event is an awareness raiser with a fun twist; all men are encouraged to wear ladies shoes and march down Broad Street. Registration and festivities will begin at 11 a.m.and will include contests, prizes, a photo booth, an art installation by the Rome Art Coterie (pieces for purchase), popcorn, Smoothie King treats, Chili’s strawberry lemonade and a caricaturist. The event is being held at Rotary Plaza (between the courthouse and the Forum); the Walk will start at noon. Although not required, registration in advance is encouraged and can be done now at www.hospitalityhouseforwomen.org. Donations will be accepted at the event.
Take care of you
Oct. 18: In partnership with SpringStone Yoga Center, Hospitality House invites all to set aside An Evening of Self Care. Beginning at 7 p.m. at 210 E. Second Ave., Ashley Demonbreun-Chapman will guide this experience with yoga and meditation; nurturing sense of self and connection with others to form inner strength and foster healthy relationships. This class is open to all levels and on a donation basis.
Burn the Wax
Oct. 19: Hospitality House’s annual Candlelight Vigil. It honors those who lost their lives to domestic violence as well as give voice to those who have survived. Beginning at 6 p.m. at Rotary Plaza, a survivor will share her story of struggle and survival in the face of domestic violence. In solidarity, a purple lantern will be released from the footbridge downtown to the sounds of soft live music. This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.
Celebrate 40 years
Oct. 30: Join Hospitality House as it celebrates 40 years of offering services and support to victims/survivors of domestic violencein the Rome-Floyd County. A rolling slideshow of peak moments over the years will display as attendees enjoy refreshments, mingling and a custom anniversary cake! This is an Annual End-of-the-Year event and all are welcome. It will take place at the Wilder Center at Rome First United Methodist at 6 p.m.