• A comedy show in Polk helps to raise funds for Our House.

Even the most black-of-heart, pessimistic grinch enjoys a hearty laugh, and the Our House women’s shelter capitalized on humor with their most recent fundraiser that saw comedians Kay Dodd, Sanji Joy, Lisa Mills, and Jennifer O’Brien perform for a massive audience of donors.

The women took to the stage prepped with anecdotes and comedic observations during the recent event, and while the audience was left roaring, the event’s cause is no laughing matter.

According to the National Collation Against Domestic Violence (NCADV,) one in three women and one in four men have experienced some form of physical violence from an intimate partner. Georgia ranks ninth in the nation for the rate at which men kill women, and domestic violence hotlines across the country receive approximately 21,000 calls on a typical day. While 26 Georgia counties have limited access to domestic violence services, another 27 counties offer no help at all.

Polk is not one of those counties. Our House works to provide a temporary safe house for battered women and their children while working to furnish them with the support they need to forward in life. The facility has a 24-hour crisis line at 770-749-9330, and those experiencing a domestic violence emergency are encouraged to call. Those with general inquiries about the shelter or interest in getting involved can call 770-748-2300. The organization’s legal advocate can be contacted at 770-748-6633. Additional information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/polkcountyourhouse/.

“Were it not for Our House, I wouldn’t have any resources to help these women,” Cedartown Chief of Police Jamie Newsome said. “I’ll be passionate about Our House as long as the Lord gives me breath.”

Newsome’s passion is shared among numerous resources and programs. Our House accommodated over 300 women in the past decade, and those in need will continue to receive shelter, domestic violence education, legal services, and much more.

Rev. Hazel Glover, Diane Hall, Karen Nissen, and Virginia Voll brought the women’s shelter to Polk in the summer of 1994. The parties incorporated as a Georgia non-profit corporation and elected a board of directors in hopes of helping victims.

A life of fear is not the norm, and those in need of help are encouraged to contact Our House.