Fueled by the desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others, Denise Dobbins founded a non-profit to provide a recovery path similar to the one she took herself.
Armed with the knowledge from her own experiences, a strong faith and a heart full of compassion, Denise Dobbins embarked on a journey to bring hope and restoration to those struggling with addiction and seeking a new beginning.
Fueled by the desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others, Denise founded Promise of Hope to provide a path similar to the one she took herself. That was in 1999, and her dream drove the creation of a faith-based facility in Dudley, GA, that can host 24 women at a time and a men's facility in Cochran, GA, which came about thanks to a generous land donation from a local church group.
These successes include Nichol Upshaw, who was inspired by her own journey through Promise of Hope to become a certified counselor equipped to guide others on their path to recovery. Another previous member of the program obtained a master's degree in sociology in hopes of contributing to the organization in a significant way. Jessica Dobbins, Denise's daughter-in-law, also found life-changing opportunity — for herself and others — at Promise of Hope when she joined the team in 2014 and is currently running the program.
"We've been blessed with some truly heartwarming success stories," says Jessica, adding that more than 300 men and women have completed the program. "Promise of Hope is truly a testament to the power of faith, compassion, and community."
Promise of Hope's impact extended beyond providing shelter. The organization offers a structured program focused on individual growth and restoration. Counselors conduct phone interviews and present applications to the advisory board, ensuring the right fit for each person's needs. Upon acceptance, residents are assisted in finding employment through local connections who facilitate job opportunities.
The program includes regular activities such as Bible studies, insight sessions, game time, and serenity Bible meetings. Family days and community education further reinforced the importance of support and communication. In both Dublin and Cochran, area churches invite Promise of Hope residents to worship, provide meals and host events. Generous acts, like distributing Christmas stockings and Easter baskets made by dedicated community members.
"We are committed to fostering a sense of belonging and care," says Jessica. "Through structured programs, strong community connections, and unwavering support, Promise of Hope has become a beacon of light and a symbol of restoration. It serves as a reminder that by standing together we can make a difference in the lives of those in need."
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