Serenity House: Offering shelter from domestic violence, abuse

Oct 10, 2010 Full story: Tri-County News 21

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and, in observance of this, Serenity House is seeking to spread the word about local domestic violence issues.

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why

Point Pleasant, WV

#1 Oct 12, 2010
there was a older lady that her hubby beat up one night in december of 2008. she walked to the SERENITY HOUSE in the cold snow for help. they turned her away and she went to a near by house of the SENENITY HOUSE those people helped her and called the police and they came and did a report then went and arrested the hubby. So don't say they help victim's. they need to be investigated for that the lady was bleeding but they still turned her away. there was another lady staying there they kicked her and her children out because one of the children dropped an egg on the floor. WAY TO GO!!!!!!
been there

Point Pleasant, WV

#2 Dec 13, 2010
for a place of refuge they had strict rules and even rules about showering.they would keep ur meds and did not want to help find any kind of job or real place to live,not even a ride to the er for a child.I agree they need to be looked into.
Just saying

United States

#3 Dec 15, 2010
Serenity house is not a motel and you don't get maid service. You do have chores to do and they are not your taxi servos if u need a rides call 446gigi. Because the people that work there dot paid to haul you and your kids around
Rasha

Columbus, OH

#4 Dec 15, 2010
Just saying wrote:
Serenity house is not a motel and you don't get maid service. You do have chores to do and they are not your taxi servos if u need a rides call 446gigi. Because the people that work there dot paid to haul you and your kids around
You're absolutely correct about the serenity house employees not being paid to haul people around. They ARE however paid to sit and play solitaire and check their myspace profiles all but about an hour or so during their shift/s.
hey-there

United States

#5 Dec 28, 2010
There was a christy that worked there she was a great girl. She treated us like a person she didn't degrade anyone. There was some stupid rules there though and I have heard there is a new instructor so maybe it's changed.?
mcnuggets

United States

#6 Jan 18, 2011
hey-there wrote:
There was a christy that worked there she was a great girl. She treated us like a person she didn't degrade anyone. There was some stupid rules there though and I have heard there is a new instructor so maybe it's changed.?
Any place that offers help to domestic violence victims is a god send. Meigs county needs a place like this!!
jst be n me

Point Pleasant, WV

#7 May 12, 2011
Do u people understand that most women who go thefrehave no money,no selfasteam , So how r they going to pay gigi's ride???NOONE CARES /////You r expected to take ur children with u for job hunting and interviews too. THIS REALLY HELPS ALOT, RIGHT
help out there

United States

#8 May 12, 2011
There is a domestic violence shelter in Huntington called Branches and they assist all neighboring counties. They are super nice!!
scroger

Columbus, OH

#9 May 12, 2011
jst be n me wrote:
Do u people understand that most women who go thefrehave no money,no selfasteam , So how r they going to pay gigi's ride???NOONE CARES /////You r expected to take ur children with u for job hunting and interviews too. THIS REALLY HELPS ALOT, RIGHT


if u r one,apparently no learning!!
Emily

Springboro, OH

#10 Sep 18, 2012
They don't get paid to baby sit
got to be jokin right

Canton, OH

#11 Sep 18, 2012
They may not get paid to baby sit. But they should help these women on making great advances in life which obviously they aren't doing. And if a child needs help they should help them. I don't care who u are. How would u feel if the child died do to ur selfishness. Come on get real.
SMH

Norfolk, VA

#12 Sep 19, 2012
got to be jokin right wrote:
They may not get paid to baby sit. But they should help these women on making great advances in life which obviously they aren't doing. And if a child needs help they should help them. I don't care who u are. How would u feel if the child died do to ur selfishness. Come on get real.
I suppose if the decision is "go to an interview" or "my child dying,"......... Let me see......What would I choose?
PinkPetals

Wellston, OH

#13 Sep 23, 2012
Been there done that (when I was 13 & my mother left my alcoholic step-father). The staff at the time were very rude & judgmental from the very first day. They ran the place like drill sargents and refused to help in any other capacity then giving us hard-as-rocks beds to lie in at night. My lil sister and I were treated like burdens and even told "NO, you cant play on the swing set while your mother does her homework... cause then we will have to disinfect the whole thing and we dont feel like doing that." NO JOKE.
We left that place after 3 days because they made the stay so difficult. Ended up at a distant family members house because my single mother had no choice but to take us elsewhere, since the women running the shelter made it CLEAR my sister & I could NOT stay while my mother worked and searched for a new home for us. Even though I was plenty old enough, smart enough, and responsible enough to babysit my sister and stay out of trouble for the 2 hours after school that we normally spent home alone. They even went so far as to GOSSIP about us & every other woman who came through the doors looking for help... then smile to our faces & lie through their teeth when my mother respectfully asked what was going on, and WHY they felt it was OK to treat clients/children like that. I saw them turn away a pregnant woman whose husband was regularly beating her simply because the current lady "in-charge" didn't like her. They threatened to throw us OUT because my mother left one cigarette butt in an ashtray in the common area & went to bed, forgetting to throw it in the trash. The whole experience made me decide to NEVER go there, or send anyone there when I grew up. Of course I'm not in an abusive marriage either, but that place was a disgrace to the name "SERENITY HOUSE".
I really hope things have gotten better.
IF YOU DONT LIKE HELPING PPL, DONT GET A JOB HELPING PPL.
true

United States

#14 Sep 24, 2012
PinkPetals wrote:
Been there done that (when I was 13 & my mother left my alcoholic step-father). The staff at the time were very rude & judgmental from the very first day. They ran the place like drill sargents and refused to help in any other capacity then giving us hard-as-rocks beds to lie in at night. My lil sister and I were treated like burdens and even told "NO, you cant play on the swing set while your mother does her homework... cause then we will have to disinfect the whole thing and we dont feel like doing that." NO JOKE.
We left that place after 3 days because they made the stay so difficult. Ended up at a distant family members house because my single mother had no choice but to take us elsewhere, since the women running the shelter made it CLEAR my sister & I could NOT stay while my mother worked and searched for a new home for us. Even though I was plenty old enough, smart enough, and responsible enough to babysit my sister and stay out of trouble for the 2 hours after school that we normally spent home alone. They even went so far as to GOSSIP about us & every other woman who came through the doors looking for help... then smile to our faces & lie through their teeth when my mother respectfully asked what was going on, and WHY they felt it was OK to treat clients/children like that. I saw them turn away a pregnant woman whose husband was regularly beating her simply because the current lady "in-charge" didn't like her. They threatened to throw us OUT because my mother left one cigarette butt in an ashtray in the common area & went to bed, forgetting to throw it in the trash. The whole experience made me decide to NEVER go there, or send anyone there when I grew up. Of course I'm not in an abusive marriage either, but that place was a disgrace to the name "SERENITY HOUSE".
I really hope things have gotten better.
IF YOU DONT LIKE HELPING PPL, DONT GET A JOB HELPING PPL.


I completely agree. I had a similar situation but I was pregnant. They were rude and made me feel like a burden. They treated me poorly because I was pregnant. Even though I was only staying a week, they kept pressuring about finding a place to live (even though they knew family was coming and I was moving into my own place) I had enough trouble leaving an abusive spouse, it was traumatic. I didn't need the stress they added. They gossiped about everyone and tried to dictate everything. No they are not babysitters but they obviously hated the poor people they kept there. They also had a rule about "sharing" food. A woman came in with 4 kids and a little amount of food stamps and they explained to her that she had to buy food that everyone can eat (which was unfair to her kids) and then the workers are eating the food. The food they have there is paid for by the county. They have no right eating the food meant for people in need. Not to mention if you got a phone call (5 min limit) bc they had to get off the phone for someone else. I left after 3 days without so much as a "good luck" from them. I work, take care of my child by myself, I just hit a rough spot. They should be more supportive in my opinion.

Since: May 13

Spencer, MA

#15 May 30, 2013
All you need is Christ.

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been there

Gallipolis, OH

#16 Jun 1, 2013
No they agent paid to taxi or babysit, but maybe looking into ppl to volunteer for such services for the house would be a good thing. Bc the women don't have much money if any. These are things that would HELP since this isthe claim they are making. You can expect someone to have a successful interview for employment wih kids intow. or maybe give up a game of satire to let them job hint on line? The employees there are very catty and judgmental. They gossip about clients and it males for a hostile and uncomfortable environment. I tend to think maybe they create that feeling on purpose to push ppl out so they don't have to deal with them. I don't believe they are the least bit sincere it is a job and that is all. Good idea - wrong ones carrying it out.
And it isn't right for someone w children to provide food for house when they get donations and money from county.

Since: Jan 11

No description available.

#17 Jun 1, 2013
It can sometimes be emotionally draining when you help with lots of people and their resources are somewhat limited. I think they were at risk of closing sometime back. They can always use donations.
not my real name

Newark, OH

#18 Jun 7, 2013
They got me a lawyer three years ago Kelly or something like that a wonderful man who helped me out and didn't charge me. A wonderful man
been there

Gallipolis, OH

#19 Jun 7, 2013
Miss Calhoun wrote:
It can sometimes be emotionally draining when you help with lots of people and their resources are somewhat limited. I think they were at risk of closing sometime back. They can always use donations.
very true. I volunteered there, tried to help them with odd jobs and cleaning, but i found myself dreading going there and wanting to leave earlier and earlier, bc i heard so much negativity out of them. Just flat out gossip or degrading comments. Not 100% were guilty of it, but alot and including the woman who ran it. She was probably the worst at looking down her nose at people. This is just my opinion and may not count for much, but i feel like it contradicts : thinking and behaving better than but telling people you are there to help them and then genuinely giving 100% to help them. Looking downoon them, i think, would interfere with empathy, sympathy, and genuine concern. Id hope that made some sense. Having trdouble verbalizing
rhonda

Logan, OH

#20 Jul 30, 2013
i wish meigs county could have there own homeless shelter. i use to work at one and i loved it.its always been on my heat to work at one after that and i called them and they said they were closing. sad. i dont know if they are but i wish someone would open one here. id work for them.

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