Human Services

VictoryLife House

Affecting Positive Change


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.

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Founder & CEO

Ms. MJ Vess

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





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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.

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

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. Of those 56,000, 4,400 were turned away due to lack of space for services last year. With one out of every four women having experienced domestic abuse, the need for our program is apparent. Our goal is to build a repeatable process beginning with one home and one women in need.

Our programs

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

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The Life After Abuse Beauty from Ashes Program

Where we work

Our Results

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Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The vision for VictoryLife House is to provide temporary shelter and the educational resources to women who have experienced domestic violence. We want to affect positive change by teaching women how to overcome and move forward into a happier, healthier lifestyle.

VictoryLife House will offer new perspectives on living happily with oneself and with others through: 1) faith based and secular guidance delivered by qualified, licenses professionals in a home-like setting 2) healthy alternative eating, sleeping, working and exercise habits 3) presented in a “green” home environment 4) and introductions to professional connections within her local community. We want to provide the best outcome driven, evidence based, cost effective mental health care in North Carolina for survivors of domestic abuse.

Excellent. Professionals in our community are on a waiting list to help any way they can per each woman’s needs. Four area churches have been approved to introduce these ladies to. Our Founder is a licensed minister with a Master’s in Biblical Studies. She is also a creative 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. Up next? VictoryLife House will customize advertising campaigns to the following recipients: North Carolina municipalities and Fortune 1500 companies, rehab centers, local counseling centers, churches, hospitals, chambers, local businesses, law enforcement agencies, and schools. We will start with one women and one house. The house may be purchased, leased or donated. Before we can purchase or lease a property though, we first need to raise awareness of what VictoryLife House is doing within the community. We need to raise the funding for the house. From there, we will develop the program, analyze its operation over a period of one year, acquire the necessary analytics over the course of the year, and refine the operations and the program if needed. When we hit target success rate, we will research new market areas and expand slowly into areas of most need.

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Affiliations & Memberships

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits 2019



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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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Sexual Orientation

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Our victims will be of all walks of life. We will not be picking them apart based on anything demographically other than have they decided to end the domestic violence in their lives and leave their abuser.