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Jenny Faulknier and Debbie Haney flank Mrs. Rick Wells  with Dr. Rick Wells in the background. The group will help raise money for a program for abused women and children as part of an Effort Baptist Church sponsored Spa Day set for Saturday (Feb. 16) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by  Classic Impressions and Lake Chiropractic. Area hair-stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, and beauty consultants will volunteer their talents and time for the cause. Free blood pressure checks and scoliosis screenings will also be offered.  Photo  by O.T. HolenFeb. 16 fundraiser to assist domestic abuse victims in Fluvanna
What would you do if you were a 13-year-old girl whose stepfather sexually assaults you? A recovering cocaine addict who served time for dealing drugs? You want to stay clean and regain custody of your two children, but no one will hire you because you are a convicted felon. Or a socialite from a prominent family whose husband turns violent when he has too much to drink?
There are no easy solutions for people who face these critical real-life situations. Rural areas like Fluvanna County are not immune to the scourge of physical abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, and dysfunctional homes. What they often lack, however, are the resources and facilities to help victims of abuse find hope and healing.
After discovering unmet needs in their own community, a group of Fluvanna women are seeking to provide transitional housing and offer a recovery-centered program for vulnerable women and their children. They have named the new ministry “Psalm 91 House.”
To raise seed money for the program, women from Effort Baptist Church are sponsoring a Spa Day, Saturday, Feb. 16, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Area hair-stylists, massage therapists, nail technicians, and beauty consultants will volunteer their talents and time for the cause. Free blood pressure checks and scoliosis screenings will also be offered.
Classic Impressions and Lake Chiropractic, located near the Lake Monticello Fire Station, will host the event. Ninety percent of the proceeds will be allocated for Psalm 91 House. The remaining ten percent will be donated to the A21 Campaign, a global organization seeking to prevent human trafficking and provide safe houses for victims.
The genesis for the idea originated last fall when the Ladies Night ministry at Effort Baptist studied the global problem of human trafficking. The eye-opening session prompted the women to consider people closer to home who are scarred by other forms of abuse.
“How can we say we love God and love people and not do something about this problem?” questioned Jenny Cassell Faulknier, a Scottsville resident and office manager for the law firm Tucker Griffin Barnes at Lake Monticello. “I don’t know if we have a sex trade in Fluvanna County, but we do have women and children who are vulnerable.”
“Recently a social worker told me, ‘What I would give to have a transitional home in this county for women and children who need it!’ That conversation was like dropping a match in a bowl of kerosene for me,” Faulknier said. “I thought, ‘why don’t we have something like that here?’ I realized God was asking us to do something about it.”
Fluvanna is one of the areas served by Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE), a Charlottesville-based agency that offers a 24-hour crisis hotline and outreach programs to women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. According to statistics from vadata.org, 26 calls originating from Fluvanna were made to the SHE crisis hotline in 2011. Nineteen of the calls involved domestic violence, one involved sexual violence, and the remaining calls were unspecified.
Taking into consideration additional incidents reported to the sheriff’s office, and numerous situations that go unreported, Faulknier believes domestic abuse is a serious concern the county’s residents cannot ignore.
Faulknier is well aware that she could have become one of those statistics. She has walked the same road as some of the women she now wants to help, battling the same demons–drugs and alcohol, an abusive relationship, feelings of unworthiness.
Recovery classes showed her the importance of valuing herself and establishing healthy boundaries in relationships. That change in mindset not only saved her life, it gave her the foundation needed to be a better wife and mother. Faulknier has two adult children, Timothy and Cheyenne. With the kids now grown, she enjoys a new level of a loving relationship with her husband of 18 years, Brian.
Ministry work is her focus now, and she lends her voice of experience to other women through the Celebrate Recovery program at Effort Baptist, serving as a small group leader on the ministry team. In addition, Faulknier helps teach the program to inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women on Thursday nights.
“When I told the women at the prison about plans for Psalm 91 House, they applauded. It struck a chord with them,” she said. “They want other women to escape the same traps and land on their feet.”
Organizers of the program will be working closely with the Department of Social Services to determine how best to address the needs of abuse and addiction in Fluvanna. Planning for a safe house is in the early stages as the group seeks non-profit status and financial support.
“Through my recovery work, I found out that God is in the business of redeeming us. He wants to take women who feel worthless and used up and use them for great things,” Faulknier said. “He took someone like me who had to lean completely on Him for self-worth and direction, and He cleaned me up and set me on the right track. I don’t have anything to run from now.”
For more information about Spa Day and plans for Psalm 91 House, contact Jenny Cassell Faulknier at (434) 531-5193 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .