In this special Mother’s Day issue, we chat with the founder of a local group that helps moms heal and grow through difficult life situations. Learn about the book and upcoming gala that supports their inspiring efforts.
Women from all walks of life can find themselves faced with issues such as domestic violence, financial abuse, body image disorders and addiction. To promote healing and growth for women who are going through these difficult life situations is the Eve Center.
“Eve Center promotes healing and growth for women through biblical, no-cost, safe, and confidential peer counseling and training,” according to Cinny Roy Eve Center Founder and Director Emeritus.
Built on a foundation of love and support, women from as far as 12 counties train with Eve Center to give back to other women because of the support they themselves received in a time of despair and help these women heal from the things that were done to them or the things they have done to others.
“Our volunteers and clients are demographically, racially, denominationally, and socioeconomically diverse,” says Roy. “Our volunteers are age 23 to 80 years young.”
Services from Eve Center are free, confidential, and for women only. Clients, age 18 and older, are given the chance to seek aid from the peer counseling program in the form of one-to-one peer counseling, topical book studies on subjects like anger, boundaries, codependency, and recovery groups, which dive much deeper into the wounds of grief such as pregnancy loss due to abortion, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, and eating disorder/body image issues.
“All of these groups are facilitated by trained volunteer Peer Counselors, who are overseen by seasoned Volunteer Peer Counselors and staff,” adds Roy.
Roy is the founder of Eve Center, and she launched this program when she wanted to provide a paraprofessional training and center of peer counseling for women who have a biblically-based faith.
Eve Center opened its doors in 2004 with 11 clients and a handful of volunteers. Last year, in 2017, more than 900 women received at least 14 hours of care through the one-to-one peer counseling option, book stories, and recovery groups while 25,000 volunteer hours were donated at three sites, all on a $200,000 budget.
“There are 200 volunteers who provide board oversight, office support, fundraiser support, and support with the direct services program,” adds Roy. “There are eight part-time staff, and everyone keeps focused on what our point is: To see women healing relationally, spiritually, and emotionally – able as health women to impact their spheres of influence whether it be at school, home, work, church, or in their neighborhood.”
To help make the healing experience even greater at Eve Center, they also just launched a new workbook called GOLD: God Overcoming Loss from Death.
“So many of our women, staff, volunteers, and clients have expressed the need for support when suffering from death of loved ones,” she says. “A team was assembled and researched what already existed. Tambra Bryer, Kathy Schibler, Pasy Andow Plum, and myself were the ‘grief team.’ We compiled our own recovery experiences: what worked, what did not, and what was lacking. This is for the woman who is one year past the loss and needing a way to look at what has happened beyond just the obvious death.”
The workbook will be for sale this fall. When work began for the workbook, Eve Center hosted an in-house pilot of the GOLD Recovery group.
“Current Eve Center volunteers signed up to be participants and go through the group,” she explains, giving the team a way to edit and improve the process. “One of our volunteers who took the GOLD Pilot is Carolyn Shaw. Her three losses were her mother and brother, but she focused on the loss of her son Jaamal from murder 14 years ago.”
Following this initial pilot experiment, Roy was inspired to launch an event that would honor the mothers of murdered children. So, together, Carolyn and Roy are co-sharing Jaamal’s Gala, which is being held May 19. Learn more about the event here.
“The memory of a child does not stop because of the cause of death,” says Roy. “A mother does not stop being a mother because of a death. So healing, reconciliation, and celebration is happening in our region through this. As an action step for the mothers post-event, Carolyn and myself will be leading the GOLD group for any mother who lost a child to violence at the Eve Center.”
As for the remainder of 2018 and its impact on women in the area, Roy says that the plan is to focus on the managed growth of Eve Center. They’re on the lookout for funding to expand services to the east of 275 and south into Northern Kentucky. “With 72 percent increase in the last two years, there is more to do,” she adds.