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President of Reaching Out Now shares her story, Part 4 of 4, in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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“And I’ll rise up, I’ll rise like the day”

You woke up today; your night was a fight. The last thing you want to do is get up and start fighting again. You want to give in – you’re okay with settling and getting counted out. You will do anything for the fight to end.

Everything in you is telling you to give up. It’s not worth the fight. You say maybe, just maybe… if you stop fighting to be seen… if you stop fighting to be heard… if you stop fighting to prove that you’re worth more than this… things will get better, and he or she will change. I know that you know, just like I knew, things will only get worse.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month may end in just a few days, but your life continues, and so does the fight for your freedom. This may be my last tribute, but it won’t be the last time you hear my voice. You see, in my eyes, you’re worth fighting for, but I need you to see it too. You may say, “Samantha, you’re free, these words are easy for you to write. You don’t know this fight.”


But I do. I’m in the wrestling ring with you, praying for you, advocating for you, and calling out the strength in you. A force that demands the pain to end, to raise your voice and cast aside fear, to be seen as the treasure you were created to be, to be loved unconditionally.

Today, I am speaking directly to your circumstance. I’m speaking directly to the insanity surrounding you. I’m asking you to look at yourself in the mirror, and say to yourself, “my life is My Life, and I Am Enough, and NOW I’m championing you to FIGHT to live FREE”.

In the middle of the mess, the battle seems never-ending. In the middle of the rage, you feel unshakable fear. In the middle of the doubt, you feel like you’re losing, and life seems out of control and overwhelming. I understand the battle you’re in but let me encourage you that the war can be won, and there is an evident battle for your life. I’ve shared much with you over the past three weeks, and through this I can affirm that you will win because I did. There wasn’t a magic pill to fix me. There wasn’t another dimension that removed me from my pain. But there was and is God who reached down and whispered, “If you trust me, I will fight for you,” but I had to make the ultimate choice.

Like you, I had to choose if I would stay in that dark place and stop fighting for my children and myself, or choose to look at life and believe that there must be better for us. Don’t settle for surrender. You have what it takes to overcome.

One of my favorite songs is Rise Up by Andra Day:

You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains, we gonna walk it out…
And I’ll rise up, I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up, And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up…In spite of the ache, I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you

For you, I rise up. A dear friend said to me recently, It’s not only my pain; it’s the pain. All of us go through different levels of pain and in different seasons of life. And yes, life is more than a song, and your life is more than the pain. With the little that strength that you have or none the less, will you rise up. God will rise up on you. Those around you will rise up with you. In closing, know I am and will never disregard your pain. You don’t have to live as a statistic: bruised, broken, hopeless, rejected. I rose up to write to you today, to infuse hope for you to share your voice tomorrow.

YOU WIN – RISE-UP

Samantha N. Barber
#mylifeisMyLife


If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please seek help through one of the many organizations providing assistance in the DMV area:

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River clean up with the Rotary Club of Warren County

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Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Warren County set out Saturday to clean up the Shenandoah! They collected trash along the shoreline, including multiple tires. Let’s all try to keep the waters clean! This river has taken care of us for decades… let’s return the favor and keep her trash free.

The Shenandoah River helps us grow crops because of the rich soils, allowed for trade up and down the waters in the old days, and helps wildlife flourish. Thank you Shenandoah River… “Daughter of the Stars!”

Clean up crew: Ellen Aders, Kahle Magalis, Shane Goodwin, Michael and Sherry Williams

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Benefit for Mason Ryder: Local Front Royal boy in need of liver transplant

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Let’s help Mason, a local 8-year-old boy who lives here in Front Royal!

Please watch this video to meet Mason and his family. Learn a little about his journey with Dyskeratosis Congenita and get excited about the upcoming fundraiser. Mason has been recommended for liver transplant pre screening, and we all need to support the best we can:


To learn more, visit: Mason Ryder’s Journey with Dyskeratosis Congenita


Event: June 19, 2021
Time: 3 pm to 8 pm
Location: 1481 Hazard Mill Rd, Bentonville VA 22610
More Info: Facebook Event Page

  • Raffle Items, Live Music, Lego Auction (made by Mason)
  • Hot Dogs or Hamburgers | 2 Sides – BYOB – tickets $10.00
  • Raffle Tickets – $1.00 each | Drawings will be announced starting at 7pm
  • Cornhole Tournament – $10.00 entry fee
  • Call Pam Coyle for details: 540-233-2597

If you can not attend and still want to donate, click this link: Mason’s GoFundMe

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Empty Bowl Supper 2021 “TO GO” was a great success

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Empty Bowl Supper 2021 “TO GO” event crossed the finish line bringing in an approximate net of 13K to the House of Hope! Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this year amazing. Main Street/Downtown merchants made this year extra special by displaying bowls ahead of time. Thank you to the following downtown participants:

  • C & C Frozen Treats
  • Turnmeyer Galleries
  • White Picket Fence
  • Manor Line Market
  • House of Fabrics
  • Royal Oaks Computers
  • I Want Candy
  • DL Campus Coffee
  • Inklings
  • Mountain Trails
  • Down Home Comfort Bakery
  • Royal Blends Nutrition
  • Vinova
  • Gourmet Delights
  • Main Street Travel
  • Downtown Market

Scott and Pam Turnmeyer shared, “We enjoyed setting up outside and being part of the Empty Bowl Supper event. It was great to see so many of our friends and customers and reach new ones.” House of Fabrics commented, “We only have about 5 bowls left. New people came in and now know where we are!”

The music at the gazebo was fantastic. First band was Passage Creek Rising. Passage Creek Rising has played for several years for the supper and is truly loved. This year a second band played for the second half of the day,

JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience. There was dancing in the streets!


A huge thank you to Explore Art & Clay, Arline Link who organized the completion of approximately 250 bowls this year. The people from the community who volunteered to paint, ROCKED IT! Please note, we do have some leftovers. They will be for sale for $25.00 at Explore Art & Clay. The bowls are an excellent gift idea – unique custom bowls that help to support a solution to homelessness in our community!

Thank you to all of the soup donors; The soups were delicious! People have explained how nice it was to enjoy the soups at home with enough for a husband and wife to dine on for two meals! There were a few cancellations due to a Covid-19 outbreak, so the soup list shrunk a little. However, there was plenty of soup still for all to enjoy! Thank you to the following soup donors:

  • Blue Wing Frog – Vegan Butternut Squash
  • Soul Mountain Restaurant – Tomato Basil
  • The Mill Restaurant – Cream of Broccoli, Beef Vegetable, Chili, Loaded Potato, and White Bean Chicken The Apple House – Loaded Baked Potato
  • Mountain Home – Chestnut Apple Soup
  • Manor Line Market – Smoked Pulled Beef Chili
  • Paladin Bar & Grill – Brunswick Stew
  • The Blue Door Kitchen & Inn – Ribolitta (sausage, beans, vegetables)
  • Downtown Catering – Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato | Cream of Cauliflower
  • Daily Grind – White Bean Chili
  • Royal Spice – Chicken Storg (chicken, beans, noodles)
  • El Maguey – Aztec (rice, Chicken, vegetables)
  • Try Thai – Coconut and Tofu

A monumental thank you to our sponsors. We want to take a moment to say thank you to our sponsors from 2020. It was so unfortunate that the event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but your sponsorship dollars helped us keep the doors open at the House of Hope through such a difficult time. Your support is sincerely appreciated.

This year’s 2021 sponsorship lineup:

Super Sponsor:

  • Explore Art & Clay – Arline Link

Gold Sponsors:

  • MayAnne and Joe Biggs
  • Sigrid Hepp-Dax
  • Rotary Club of Warren County

Silver Sponsors:

  • No Doubt Accounting
  • Ticket Sponsor Ellen Aders – State Farm
  • Rotary Club of Front Royal

Bronze Sponsors:

  • Jo Ellen McNeal
  • Dave and Carol Hardy
  • Jennifer Avery, Realtor
  • Blue Ink Original
  • Marlow Motors Co.
  • Front Royal Women’s Resource Center

IN KIND Sponsors:

  • Scott Turnmeyer Photography
  • Downtown Market
  • Ladies of Bethel United Methodist Church
  • Kira Tomlin and her amazing cookie kids

Thank you again to our wonderful community of Warren County. We thank you for your support through the Empty Bowl Supper and pledge to keep updates coming on the growth of the House of Hope program. Be sure to follow us on Facebook as we look to celebrate our success with all! Occasionally needs are posted. You just might have that extra microwave we might need for a graduate! Let’s stay connected:

facebook.com/HOPEinFrontRoyal

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Meet April’s business sponsored pet of the month, Willow

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Meet Willow, a two-year-old pup who is ready for some love! Willow would really thrive as the only pet of the family! She loves to ride in the car and take long walks. Watch this video to see how affectionate she is giving kisses to Meghan, and watch her expressions — very cute!


The Humane Society has adjusted their appointment requirements. Feel free to stop by during the week to visit with the animals.  Appointments are only required on the weekends. Please take 5 minutes to fill out an online application. Someone from the shelter will call you and schedule your meet and greet time shortly after you submit your application:

humanesocietywarrencounty.com

Are you a business and would like to sponsor a pet of the month? OR would you be interested in learning more about a Business Partner Membership? Let’s talk! (540) 635-4734


Adoption fees sponsored by:

  • Maria Martinez / Bill Powers
    Powers Insurance Agency, Inc.
    135 North Royal Avenue | Front Royal, VA 22630-2613
    (540) 635-2825
    billpowersagency.com

Adoption & video sponsored by:

  • Jennifer Avery, REALTOR ®
    “Your Happy Home Expert!”
    CRUM REALTY, INC.
    318 S Loudoun Street, Winchester VA
    jenaveryrealtor@gmail.com
    Call today to schedule a chat about your real estate options: 540-683-0790
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The Family Yoga Project: Disconnect to reconnect for school-aged children

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FREE 4 WEEK EVENT offered to school-aged children and their family. Meet the instructors, Laura Ruby (owner of Ruby Yoga, LLC), Joanna Martin (owner of Playful Explorations), and Joey Waters (long time Warren County educator) as they talk about this FREE offering!  Move your body, work on breathing, practice mindfulness, and let go of stress during your Family Yoga time. Does your child need a few minutes away from screen time to reconnect to the rest of the family? Here is your chance!

Help your children disconnect from technology and reconnect with themselves!

  • Wednesday, April 14 at 4:30pm
  • Near Fantasyland Playground and Bing Crosby Stadium
  • Bring your body and a towel or yoga mat to practice on

Please register at myrubyyoga.com or visit the Facebook Event Page.

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Looking for a great gift for mom on Mother’s Day?

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Looking for a great gift for mom on Mother’s Day?

Take a chance on this “sleek” basket with a brand new Michael Kors purse!

The basket includes:

  • Michael Kors Purse
  • 2 Yankee Candles and candle holder
  • 2 Yankee Candle Air Fresheners
  • Stainless Steel Water Bottle
  • Aromatherapy Goodies
  • Bottle of Wine
  • Approximate value is around 475.00!

Tickets are $25.00 each for the raffle. Proceeds go to the Phoenix Project, our local response to domestic violence. The service Phoenix Project provides to our community is priceless. Please consider buying a raffle ticket! Your support is appreciated!



To purchase tickets visit phoenix-project.org and click on the donate button. Donate $25.00 to buy one ticket (buy as many as you like!). Add a note to the donation that it is for a raffle ticket sale. or call Phoenix Project directly at 540-635-2302.

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