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Rev. Jean Batson-Turner

Southwest Shalom Ministries for Women was founded by Rev. Jean Batson-Turner, an ordained minister with over 38 years of experience as a social worker, counselor, and program administrator. For six years , she served as Executive Director of the Waco Rape Crisis Center in Waco, Texas. An experienced college instructor, Rev. Batson-Turner holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Sociology. In 1989 she received the Master of Divinity degree, with a specialized concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling, from Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. Rev. Batson-Turner has developed and conducted numerous workshops and seminars on women's issues. An experienced facilitator of support groups for abuse trauma survivors, she has developed a variety of specialized program services for all women. Rev. Batson-Turner currently is the Program Coordinator of the Human Services Program and a full-time Instructor in Human Services at Illionis Valley Community College (IVCC).

Co-Director

Katherine Faith Hope

Assisting the Director is Katherine Faith Hope, with a variety of skills to offer to the day-to-day management of Southwest Shalom Ministries for Women. Katherine is the general office manager and resident survivor advocate. She has a B.A. in Religion, a Certificate of Theological Studies and a Masters in Elementary Education.

Southwest Shalom Ministries for Women was founded in Texas in 1992 as an interfaith organization promoting wholeness for women who have been victimized. After serving the needs of abused women in Albuquerque, New Mexico from August, 1997 to August, 2002, the agency once more relocated. After relocating to the Illinois Valley area in August, 2002, Southwest Shalom Ministries for Women is now offering a variety of services and resources in response to the special needs of abused women. A variety of self-empowerment, grief recovery, and positive spirituality porgrams for women are also available.

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