The Moore County nonprofit Friend to Friend, an organization that offers help to all persons affected by interpersonal violence, held a groundbreaking ceremony on April 27 for a separate housing unit for traumatized survivors. The organization has a residence in place named Serenity House that offers recovery with a full-time staff and pet boarding.
Butterfly Cottage will provide isolation for those with contagious illnesses and serve as a decompression setting for highly traumatized survivors. The separate housing will also provide a private counseling area.
Butterfly Cottage is a safe-house for traumatized persons under construction in Moore County. Image provided.
Executive Director Anne Friesen said a January 2021 fundraiser brought the community together to raise funds for Butterfly Cottage. The 1,421-square-foot home is expected to be operating by December 2021.
All people who have been affected by domestic violence, sexual assault or human trafficking are served by Friend to Friend, a United Way Agency, that is supported by the North Carolina Council on Women.
Prevention, intervention and holistic recovery services and support are offered at Friend to Friend. They help survivors step from crisis to confidence through programming, safe shelter, advocacy, life-skill improvement and substance abuse counseling.
Contact Friend to Friend by phone, email or online.
Feature photo: Left to right; Moore County District Attorney Michael Hardin, Friend to Friend Executive Director Anne Friesen, Carthage Police Assistant Chief Heath McKenzie, Friend to Friend Board President Holly Davis, and County Manager Wayne Vest break ground April 27, 2021 for Butterfly Cottage in Moore County.
~Article and photo by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Stephanie M. Sellers.