The executive board of Serenity House has hired a new executive director for the facility. She is Mrs. Shannon J. Morgan.
Serenity House staff and volunteer board members provide safe shelter for victims of domestic violence in our area. It has been in operation for nearly a decade and a half.
It was founded after a Moultrie Observer reporter, Kin Nunez, was murdered by her estranged husband only a block from where she worked. He took his own life later that day.
Since its founding it has served as a haven for many women who escaped family violence.
Morgan is a 1996 graduate of Valdosta State University and holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. Her professional background is in non-profit and grant-funded program administration.
She has previously served with Babies Can't Wait/ Southwest Georgia Health District 8-2, Laredo Life Pregnancy Resource Center in Laredo, Texas, Safe Choice Pregnancy Care Center in Ellijay, Ga, as well as, migrant and regular Head Start Programs.
Morgan is an Atlanta-area native, but has resided in Colquitt County for almost nine years. Her husband, Jason Morgan, Pastor at Big Creek Baptist Church, is a Colquitt County native and a 1991 graduate of CCHS.
Shannon and Jason have 3 children. Chasen is a freshman at the University of Alabama - Huntsville, Charleston is a junior at CCHS, and Sebastian is a second-grader at Hamilton Elementary.
Morgan said she is very excited to be joining the team at Serenity House and looks forward to working with the board of directors to increase community awareness of the local domestic violence shelter, as well as, domestic violence issues in our community.
Serenity has served 55 women and 53 children from January through October this year. This represents 8,727 hot meals and 3,026 bed nights provided for victims of domestic violence. Serenity House operates a 24-hour crisis line for those in need of safety from domestic violence. Trained staff members have answered 74 crisis calls to date in 2015.
Morgan said she feels it is important for a community to be able to have a local domestic violence shelter and these statistics show that Serenity House is filling a need in this community. She said she believes that her skills and professional experience are a good fit with the agency and is eager to help grow support for Serenity House and make sure clients receive quality care and services.
“We are excited to have Mrs. Morgan as a part of the Serenity House. She brings a great deal of knowledge and compassion to our organization. We are looking for great things to come,” said Serenity House Board Chair, Karen Boyd.
Serenity House is funded in partnership with the United Way, limited state funds, and by private donations. Three major fundraising efforts are held each year to support the operation of the Serenity House. The Daddy-Daughter Dance, a golf tournament and a skeet shoot provide funding for the 24-hour, 7-day a week shelter. Anyone who wants to donate to Serenity, you may contact Shannon Morgan at 229-782-5394. All donations are tax- deductible.