TIFTON — Ruth’s Cottage and the Patticake House held a beam signing and blessing at the location of its new facility that is in the process of being built.

The non-profit organization has outgrown their current location.

With grant money, fundraising and patience, the dream of having a bigger facility became a reality, according to Executive Director Nancy Bryan.

“Now with the kind of space we will have, we will be able to serve mothers with large families, which we haven’t been able to do in the past,” said Bryan. “This shelter will be able to serve anybody fleeing from domestic abuse.”

The new, 11,200 square-foot building will take Ruth’s Cottage from 12 to 25 beds.

The building will include several separate apartments, making room for people with several children.

The new facility will serve victims of sexual assault and domestic violence from the four counties in the Tift Judicial Circuit: Tift, Irwin, Turner and Worth.

Thirty people gathered around the building Tuesday so they could write supportive and positive messages on the beams. The beam signing started with Ruth’s Cottage President Jim Laycock thanking everyone for attending.

Laycock introduced Lonnie Lacy, a preacher from Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church,  who led the beam signing in prayer and proceeded with a blessing of the building.  

“One of the things we do a lot at our church is bless common things in life,” said Lacy. “Because God is with us in the common things just like here right now.”

A good amount of money and effort are going into making sure the facility will be secure and safe. Windows facing the roads will have bullet proof glass. The only way to get inside the front entrance is if the guard at the front grants permission to enter the building.

According to Bryan, domestic abusers have been known to get angry with legal advocates helping victims and retaliations have happened before.

The new facility is ahead of schedule right now. Originally scheduled to be ready next year, the new facility could be finished by the end of this year, assuming the weather and hurricane season don’t delay final construction.

Ruth’s Cottage and the Patticake House are asking for help from the community to fill the house with furniture and decorations. The new facility is accepting artwork, furniture, kitchen items, food items, entertainment devices such as televisions and anything else people want to donate. Donations should be new or gently used before reaching out to Ruth’s Cottage.

To help support Ruth’s Cottage and the Patticake House, call 229-387-9697 to get in touch with the organization in TIfton or visit their website stopthehurtga.org.

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