Passion Led Us Here
Personally, understanding the role relationships and community play in healing, our founder established, DeeCilla Comfort Center.
Through her testimony of overcoming the trials of abuse, she emphasizes the value of having the right connections along the healing journey. She believed that God placed people in her life to show and remind her of who she was and how he saw her. These individuals demonstrated godly principles to help her also understand who God really was and what life would be like if she trusted and believed in him. Through these relationships, she learned the true meaning of Hope, Faith, Love, Trust, Courage, Joy, Hospitality, Reconciliation, and Peace.
Using her journey as a passion for helping others, she was led by God to establish DeeCilla Comfort Center. This organization is committed to helping young people ages 18-28 begin their healing journey from the trials, trauma, and struggles of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
Just as our founder learned, at the most critical period in her life, she desires to share with others…Hope is not lost, and you do not have to become what happened to you.
We need your help to change lives in our community.
You can help us become bridge builders in the community to connect those in need with the resources that will forever change their lives.
The Big Launch
New Website Sponsorship $2100 - Yearly Website management and hosting. As a sponsor, we will advertise your business, as a recognized sponsor and community, on the website for the duration of your sponsorship. 501c3 Sponsorship Filing.
$750 - As a thank you, we will include your logo on the donor page of our site.
DeeCilla Comfort Center is a faith-based nonprofit, though formed and legalized in the State of Arizona, our next step is to obtain 501(c)3 status with the IRS. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we will become eligible to apply for grants to help fund programs for the upcoming center.
Our goal is to obtain property for our transitional home, this July. This home, The Michale and Sylvia House of Hope will provide young women, ages 18-28, a safe place to begin healing from abuse and trafficking. The 501(c)3 status will make contributions to DeeCilla Comfort Center tax deductible, therefore encouraging more community partners to give.
Donations will also cover essential operating costs such as web, organization newsletters, event advertising, donor management for required IRS reporting, and volunteer recruitment and management.
Establishing a facility is a parallel goal of becoming active participants and advocates in our community.
DeeCilla Comfort Center emphasizes the value in educating the community in fun but engaging events and taking a stand to combat these issues, especially with our youth. The organization aims to take a stand to fight for the future of today's young adults.
To facilitate change, DeeCilla Comfort Center plans to focus on events that demonstrate the importance of relationships. Events are organized in collaboration with area agencies across the Phoenix area. While educating the local community, the organization works to combine the missions of multiple agencies, bridging new resources to the local area to further impact the community.
16 March, Western Metropolitan A.M.E Zion Women's Conference. (Sponsor Request $300. Potential visibility 200+. We will add your logo to event material as a recognized sponsor and community partner, as well as advertise on our social media outlets which will increase your company's visibility)
The organization will have the opportunity to spread awareness to women belonging to a faith organization. Helping to understand how to identify signs of sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking and how to support survivors.
1 April, Arizona State University (ASU) National Leadership Alliance Student Association (NLASA), Impact Expo. (Sponsor Request $450. Potential visibility 1000+. We will add your logo to event material as a recognized sponsor and community partner, as well as advertise on our social media outlets which will increase your company's visibility).
This event will further education students on the importance of nonprofit organizations to better understand the critical role they play in our communities and state.
20 April. City of Goodyear Hops and Hops family event. (Sponsor request $900, potential visibility 1000+. We will add your logo to event material and social media outlets which will increase your company's visibility)
The organization was invited to participate in this event and spread awareness. This is a family-friendly and fun event, therefore the organization will incorporate a hands-on activity for participants (youth).
As the first facility to open will be the "House of Hope" the organization's tabling will consist of activities and materials for youth to build their "house of hope." Age appropriate material will be provided for young adults and parents, guardians, or caregivers.
We are in need of supplies for this event, with the main supply (houses to construct) will be purchased through Oriental Trading Company. The organization is requesting support from the community for monetary and in-kind donations for this event.
18 May. National Women's Health Week Event. Collaborating with Go with the Flow as well as New Life Center. (Sponsor Request $500. Potential visibility 100+. We will add your logo to event material as a recognized sponsor and community partner, as well as advertise on our social media outlets which will increase your company's visibility)
Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Relationships, Healthy Communities
When: 18 May 2019 , approximately 10am -1pm
Collaborative community outreach event with three nonprofits.
"Packing party" and donation drive for domestic violence shelter coupled with presentations and activities by partner organizations.
- Go with the Flow is known for their “packing parties.” They have provided feminine hygiene products for over 30 schools in Arizona. This organization understands that for lower income or homeless students menstrual hygiene products can be an extra burden if they or their families are not able to afford their costs. Go With The Flow believes making period packs available is important because no student should have their education disrupted by the anxiety that can arise from not having access to essential menstrual items which can result in lower productivity in the classroom or worse, missing school altogether. Menstruation should not stop education
- DeeCilla Comfort Center will sponsor and organize a community drive in support of Go With the Flow. The packing party catered toward young women ages 13-18, will assist Go with the Flow to spread awareness. Promoting healthy ideals toward menstrual health for young women. Furthermore, they will provide resources for eligible participants in addition to the local domestic violence shelter. The packing party, for this event, would be a tool to educate young women, while also encouraging them to support the local Domestic Violence Shelter. The party will be educational, interactive, and fun.
- Organization TBD. Information will be provided that focuses on healthy teen dating while spreading awareness to prevent violence in dating/relationships. Young women will learn the warning signs of unhealthy and abusive relationships.
- Local Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter. Bringing awareness about their facility and their residents will highlight the challenges facing the community and further alert participants to potential threats and outcomes of domestic violence. Additional donations for items will go to a local center based on their “needs” list.
ALARMING FACTS: 1 in 3 teens on the street will be lured into trafficking within 48 hours of leaving home. 1 in 4 homeless young adults has experienced sex trafficking.
The future of DeeCilla Comfort Center
DeeCilla Comfort Center will provide tools to give residents a fresh start at life, with a new vision and outlook for their future. Their goal is to assist young adults in need of a new beginning by restoring hope for the future. They strive to be a bridge builder within the community for those in need of healing from their past in order to prosper in their future.
The forthcoming transitional home, in Goodyear, AZ, will provide housing and programs to help young adults lead a full life with new healthy relationships. Each cohort will enter for an eighteen-month program, divided into three phases.
Each phase focuses on a different element of their healing and recovery, to include mentoring, counseling, case management, physical health, and wellness, as well as personal and professional development.
It is their goal that everyone who enters the facility will never again feel alone, hungry, or unsheltered. Residents will feel a sense of being at home where there are love and compassion. With their initial encounter, those who were hurting will feel certain that their life will be changed forever and they will not leave the way they came.
FACTS VS FICTION - Help spread the truth
Myth: Human trafficking victims are only foreign-born individuals and those who are poor.
Fact: Human trafficking victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality. They may come from any socioeconomic group
Myth: Human trafficking does not occur in the United States. It only happens in other countries.
Fact: Human trafficking exists in every country, including the United States. It exists nationwide—in cities, suburbs, and rural towns—and possibly in your own community.
A Message from our founder
My name is Shawanda R. Randolph. I am the founder of DeeCeilla Comfort Center. The DeeCilla Comfort Center is a faith-based non-profit organization that provides services and temporary residential housing for women who have experienced sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Our goal is to create a safe place that feels like home to each woman who enters our center and provide them with an opportunity to have a fresh start. www.decillacenter.org
At the Mike and Sylvia House of Hope, women between the ages of 18-28 years of age, will enter into our recovery and personal development programs specifically designed to address issues of trauma and crisis while fostering each’s woman’s independence and helping them reclaim their lives one day at a time.
During the next few months, we will be hosting awareness events within the community that will allow us to interact with the public and advocate for those that need our help. We are an organization that believes in the importance of community and the impact we can make in the world when we work together.
I want to take the first step to connect with you and invite you to become a community partner or sponsor. We are looking to host our first event in April and would appreciate if you would help us reach our goal of $5,000. You may read more about our campaign or make donations here: DeeCilla Comfort Center Campaign
In-kind donations are welcomed as well. We will be accepting any goods or items ex: (chairs, tables, craft items, printing for educational material, etc. ) you deem appropriate to lead to the success of our events.
Our first priority is bridging communities to impact the community, by standing together as a united front to help those in need. We are confident that together we can make a difference.
We want to welcome any persons or organizations who desire to work for hand and hand with DeeCellia Comfort Center during our events or within the center.
I am very excited about the upcoming outreach events and the impact we can make in the lives of sexual assault survivors and within the community.
I look forward to connecting with you and would like to thank you in advance for your support and generosity.
Please contact me at (623-440-6963) or firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions.
Shawanda R. Randolph
Founder, DeeCilla Comfort Center