If you need help NOA is here
It’s called No One Alone.
And in the wake of last week’s tragedy in southwestern Lumpkin County it’s worth reinforcing exactly what this vital non-profit does.
Namely NOA serves as a safe haven in the storm of domestic abuse.
That was something Kelly Jean Garrison was seeking when she came to Lumpkin County.
And it would be naive to assume that there aren’t others like her here as well.
Likewise it would be incorrect to assume that people like her violent estranged ex-husband only live out of town and out of state.
That’s why we asked Lt. Alan Roach of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office exactly what someone can do if they or a loved one find themselves in a similar cycle of abuse.
It can start by simply asking for help, he said.
“If somebody feels like they need to hide from somebody they can come to us or come to NOA,” said Roach. “We will get them help, get them shelter and get them to safety.”
A lot of people don’t know it but the LCSO has a separate office dedicated to NOA and staffed by a NOA representative.
Surrounded by deputies, in a closed office it’s probably one of the safest places in town.
NOA is also part of a network of shelters that can help a victim secretly relocate to other places around the state if needed.
But one doesn’t have to go to the LCSO either. NOA offers a 24-hour crisis line at 706-864-1986.
And you can reach them online at https://noonealone.org/
The main point is, if you feel like you are in danger, help is right here in Lumpkin County.
The name says it all.
You are not alone.
And a safe haven is aways possible, even in the most dangerous of times.