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The Power of 100 Women (POW), a female-led organization dedicated to supporting local nonprofits, selected The Shepherd’s House as its donation recipient at its Aug. 20 inaugural meeting. Pictured are (from left) Linda Conklin, Christy Brown, Keauna Duke, Tina Holman Owen, Lori Winningham, Misty Cyree, Holly Jones, and Pietra Bush with former Shepherd’s House residents Holly and Braden, who shared their experiences with homelessness and how Shepherd’s House helped them during a presentation at the meeting.

– Photo Provided by Christy Brown

At its inaugural meeting Aug. 20, the Power of 100 Women (POW), a female-led organization dedicated to supporting local nonprofits, selected The Shepherd’s House as the group’s first donation recipient.

Members of POW meet quarterly to hear presentations from three nonprofit organizations. Each member commits to donating a minimum of $100 to one of these organizations to create a total donation of $10,000 each quarter or $40,000 annually.

The Shepherd’s House, Coffee County Humane Society and Be the Bush Crisis Center were randomly selected as finalists out of a handful applications submitted by local nonprofits.

With 40 women present at its first meeting, the group will be donating a total of $5,000 to Shepherd’s House.

Christy Brown, a member of POW Coffee County’s steering committee, drew the idea of the community service group from an already established chapter in Warren County.

“What’s so cool about this organization is that giving $10,000 is a huge impact on these nonprofits,” Brown said. “If our first meeting of 40 women was enough to raise $5,000, just think of what we can do with 100. Our service motto is ‘simple, powerful, and meaningful.’ We are here to make a difference for this community.”

The Shepherd’s House is a nonprofit dedicated to providing food, clothes, and temporary housing for the homeless while helping them gain independent employment and housing in Coffee, Bedford, Moore and Franklin counties.

During their presentation at POW’s meeting, Shepherd’s House introduced two former residents of the shelter, Holly and Braden, who shared their experiences with homelessness and how Shepherd’s House helped them get back on their feet.

“The donation that we received will be used to build or buy a new women’s and children’s shelter,” said Shepherd’s House Director Tina Holman Owen. “As of now, we have men on one side and women on the other. Plus we can only hold 12 residents at a time.

“We were amazed by the generosity of these very special women. We are that much closer to making the new shelter a reality. They will sure be on our invitation list when we cut the ribbon.”

POW plans to meet in different locations throughout Coffee County each quarter in order to connect with businesses in the community.

“We rely and encourage local businesses to sponsor us [and] providing meeting places as well as refreshments during meetings. The more businesses we have supporting us, the better,” Brown said.

In order to apply to be considered for POW’s next donation, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and in good standing.

The Power of 100 Women Coffee County chapter will hold their next meeting Friday, Nov. 15.

For more information on how to get involved with this organization, visit their Facebook page “Power of 100 Women – Coffee Co. TN.”

Katelyn Lawson may be reached at klawson@tullahomanews.com