Human Services

VictoryLife House

Affecting Positive Change

BELMONT, NC   |  https://www.victorylife-house.org/

Mission

VictoryLife House is a North Carolina 501c3 whose vision it is to effect positive change for women who have experienced domestic violence at any time in their lives. VictoryLife House will provide survivors with an intensive in-house program that will introduce them to options for living a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.

Notes from the nonprofit

Thank you for considering us as one of or as your only charitable organization of choice. We are small now but intend on leaving a large footprint in the future! We were all put on the earth for a reason. VictoryLife House is ours.

Ruling year info

2018

Founder & CEO

Ms. MJ Vess

Main address

6428 W WILKINSON BLVD SUITE 257

BELMONT, NC 28012 USA

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EIN

82-5055426

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Victims' Services (P62)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the Department of Justice, there are an estimated six million domestic violence victims annually in the US and over 56,000 victims were in North Carolina in 2018. With one out of every four women having experienced domestic abuse, the need for our program is apparent.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Life After Abuse Beauty from Ashes Program

Providing new perspectives and options for life skills and talents while managing a home life, career and personal relationships. They will leave with the resources on how to thrive in areas of their lives that were hindering them from being able to move forward emotionally, mentally, physically and/or spiritually.

Population(s) Served
Females
Victims and oppressed people
Budget
$560,000

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of rallies/events/conferences/lectures held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of therapy hours provided to clients

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Females

Related Program

The Life After Abuse Beauty from Ashes Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of one-on-one coaching sessions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Females

Related Program

The Life After Abuse Beauty from Ashes Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Females

Related Program

The Life After Abuse Beauty from Ashes Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Females

Related Program

The Life After Abuse Beauty from Ashes Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

To be the best outcome driven, evidence based, cost effective mental health care in North Carolina for survivors of domestic abuse. We want to be known as the organization affecting positive change in the lives of survivors.

VictoryLife House will offer new perspectives on living happily with oneself and with others through: 1) faith based and secular guidance delivered by qualified, licensed professionals via online and in a home-like setting 2) healthy alternative eating, sleeping, working and exercise habits 3) a "green" home base offering a serene environment 4) and introductions to professional connections within her local community.

Excellent. Professionals in our community are on a waiting list to help any way they can per each woman’s needs. Our Founder is a licensed minister with a Master’s in Biblical Studies. She is also a creative wheelhouse and options person. Competitive by nature who does not sit idle, the Founder is an active listener who understands domestic violence personally, and has the heart and compassion to connect the victims with area services and resources. MJ takes every opportunity to find the silver lining, sharing a testimony, a smile or a laugh. Her own support comes from her reverential faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior, hero, and most precious relationship. Beyond that, her family and the community of endearing people who have come along beside her to help build VictoryLife House has been a blessing. She knows this sea of blessings will only continue as more people find out about her heart and vision to help others.

We have defined specific analytics to collect after each woman graduates from our program.

We are a start-up nonprofit. May 21, 2018, VictoryLife House filed their North Carolina Articles of Incorporation as a C Corp. July 7, VictoryLife House applied for the 501c3 designation, receiving it on July 17 (82-5055426). At that time, the Founder began posting daily #HealingHearts posts on LinkedIn to reach couples who might be struggling within their relationship. Specific marketing efforts in late 2018 were as dual presenters with the UNCC Omega Psi Phi group and a podcast interview with Metrolina Psychotherapy Associates. VictoryLife House also had three fundraisers during the last quarter of 2018. They had their fourth fundraiser March 30, 2019, and the first audio and eBook describing the Founder’s survivor story were released in July. August 2019 the VictoryLife House Life After Abuse support group began every Sunday where a different mental health professional would facilitate the group each week. Finance, budgeting, credit, nutrition, mental health, self assessment, and wellness were all taught. February 2020 MJ was videotaped through iHeart radio. Then February 13, Purpose Charlotte presented an opportunity to be the charity of choice for their Gallentine's event. March 2020 Metrolina Psychotherapy Associates collaborated with VLH to provide a free 12-week Cognitive Processing Therapy workshop. Six ladies began and completed the course in May. Also in February 2020 a local church offered a house in which to run our Beauty from Ashes program. The structural engineering assessment was cancelled when Covid-19 hit. As well, the second annual Topgolf charity event to be held at the end of March was postponed. MJ re-calibrated and is now offering online courses to take the place of the in-house program. In May of 2020, MJ started a Q&A blog with Percell St. Thomass, a 30-year veteran of working in the mental health arena as a therapist, and beginning June 7, two classes will be held. One CPT course where eight women have signed up (full class) and one Dream Wide Awake course provided for by the author of the same book title. Twelve different women are registered for this course (full class). She is gearing up to offer packages online to survivors of which some courses can be held in person with local instructors.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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VictoryLife House

Board of directors
as of 9/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

MJ Vess

Stephen Varnedoe

Blanq Real Estate

Bob Sheppard

Retired

George Gilbert

Carolina Asset Management

John Lloyd

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/17/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Keywords

short-term housing, sanctuary, victims, domestic violence, domestic abuse, intimate partner abuse, educational, faith based