To our Supporters and Volunteers:
For twenty years, Circle of Friends: Celebrating Life, Inc (“COF”) has educated, equipped, and empowered women to live their best life, free of violence, and to pay it forward by serving and mentoring other women and girls. Throughout these two decades, Circle of Friends has collaborated with federal, state, and local agencies; non-profit organizations; colleges; and universities to fight the horrors of child sex trafficking and exploitation in communities across Georgia and the country. COF adopted a two-pronged approach to achieving its goals: programming and advocacy. COF developed programs based on preventative training and proven intervention and rehabilitation strategies, including safe refuge, education, training, and development opportunities to counter the adverse effects of child abuse and exploitation. COF’s advocacy efforts also paved a path toward the prevention and intervention of trafficking and exploitation through legislative and grassroots community campaigns. The work that we have done not only transformed lives but also addressed and offered solutions for a culture of violence that had been ignored, hidden, and misunderstood for too long.
As our way of honoring this twenty-year journey, the girls and young women we stood in the gap for and the route we have walked together, we have established an endowed scholarship, The Circle of Friends Impact Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is our legacy, a tangible and lasting means of unleashing hope and uniting humanity, our ultimate commitment.
That means, in the years to come, young women and girls will continue to benefit from our previous efforts for social change and through The Circle of Friends Impact Scholarship Fund, the work we have collectively done will live on. On the eve of our twenty-year anniversary, our board has made the decision to close the doors of Circle of Friends: Celebrating Life, Inc., as well as to dissolve the non-profit. As we transition out of the community, please know that all of what we have accomplished over the years is due in significant part to the volunteers and supporters of our mission and work. For that, we thank you.
With a most grateful heart, thank you.
Lisa C. Williams, FounderThe Circle of Friends Board of Directors