Center of Hope
P.O. Box 1961
Columbia TN 38402-1961
Mission Statement

Center of Hope is a refuge of peaceful existence providing innovative and compassionate direct advocacy, therapeutic counseling, and residential services to victims of domestic violence and abuse. As a leading resource for system change, Center of Hope’s goal is to provide meaningful and effective support while addressing the attitudes and behaviors which allow violence to continue in our community. Our comprehensive program ensures that the needs of the victims we serve are met in a holistic and compassionate manner by equipping and empowering them with the skills they need to move beyond the abuse and onto the fulfilling lives they deserve. 

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Traci L. Cook
Board Chair Mr. Mark Baker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Baker Equipment
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Former Names
d/b/a/ Hope House
Maury County Center Against Domestic Violence
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $623,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $650,501.00 (2018)

Center of Hope is a refuge of peaceful existence providing innovative and compassionate direct advocacy, therapeutic counseling, and residential services to victims of domestic violence and abuse. As a leading resource for system change, Center of Hope’s goal is to provide meaningful and effective support while addressing the attitudes and behaviors which allow violence to continue in our community. Our comprehensive program ensures that the needs of the victims we serve are met in a holistic and compassionate manner by equipping and empowering them with the skills they need to move beyond the abuse and onto the fulfilling lives they deserve. 

Background Center of Hope was founded in 1989 shortly after the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence determined that there was a need for emergency shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence in Maury County. Beginning as a grassroots movement in Columbia, Maury County’s largest city, Center of Hope first came about when the Columbia Business and Professional Women’s Association (BPW) teamed together with the Coalition to bring services to local victims of domestic violence. With the help of local volunteers, the BPW donated their time to establish a shelter facility and provide crisis counseling, information and referrals to battered women. As the demand for services increased and the need for a paid organizer became more and more apparent, Center of Hope quickly grew from a hotline and shelter into a comprehensive agency, expanding its services to provide court advocacy and other advocacy services. Over the years, Center of Hope has continued to progress and build upon its resources to include victims of sexual violence and stalking, as well as male victims. It still stands single handedly as the only agency dedicated to combating domestic abuse, sexual violence and stalking in Maury County, its services today ranging from crisis intervention to long-term case management. 

Known previously as Hope House, our board changed our name from Hope House to Center of Hope in December 2012. Although our name has changed, our mission, who we help and how we operate remain the same. 

Due to the ongoing growing support of other community agencies, local law enforcement, courts, the District Attorney’s Office and other social service agencies, Center of Hope staff and volunteers are able to justly serve victims by guiding them through the trauma they have experienced and onto a path of emotional, mental and often times physical healing. As an advocacy leader for victims of violence and abuse, Center of Hope is always striving to improve upon its services and find better ways to help victims of domestic violence and their families rebuild their lives as survivors. They go above and beyond to help these victims towards a life of justice and peace by facilitating the Maury County Task Force Against Domestic & Sexual Violence and partnering with the local justice system to educate them on how to improve victim safety and offender accountability within our legal system. 

Domestic abuse is not a private problem; it’s a community concern and as a non-profit, Center of Hope would not be able to continue to grow its services without the kindness and generosity of the entire community. Every little bit helps and we are so lucky to be backed by the amazing support of the Office of Criminal Justice Programs, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the United Way of Maury County, the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the Tennessee Bar Foundation, the Baptist Healing Trust along with the generosity of the city and county government, local civic groups, and local businesses, churches and individual members of the community in our efforts to end domestic violence.
The purpose of the Center of Hope is to serve victims of domestic and sexual violence, and stalking so that they may begin the healing process.
Most importantly, we provide a safe environment where they can talk about things they have never before been able to verbalize so that the healing process can begin. We also provide on-going education to the community to raise awareness about the attitudes and institutions within our community that promote and condone violence.
Our 3 most significant accomplishments for the past year are:
1. Continued funding by the Baptist Healing Trust with an additional amount to continue services to provide therapeutic counseling for victims of domestic and sexual violence and their family members.
2. Received funding from Community Foundation to allow us to open up more counseling availability for clients.  
3.  Continued collaboration with CPD to make follow up calls to all victims. This is done within 24 to 48 hours of the assault.  This allows Center of Hope to be able to offer services sooner than we might be able to otherwise.
Our 3 most significant goals for the current year are:
1. Continue with the process of redesigning and implementing improved residential services that better meet the needs of those we serve. 
2. Seek out grants to build the current programs at Center of Hope. 
3.Continue to work on a more collaborative effort with community agencies.
1. Committed volunteers, who not only want to help victims break free from the abuse, but more importantly are dedicated to serving them to begin the healing process 
2. Bi-lingual or multi-lingual volunteers to assist staff to better meet the needs of our Hispanic community.
3. Increase collaborations with agencies in the community to better meet the needs of the victims we serve.
4.  Increased funding to stabilize our programs with an eye to the future to meet the demand for services that are currently operating at or above capacity.
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Monetary donations can be mailed to the P.O. Box. We accept donations such as household items, clothing, hygiene items and food. We also accept used cell phones.  Volunteers are always needed to support Staff.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Family Violence Shelters and Services
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Victims' Services
Tertiary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Maury
TN - Hickman
TN - Lawrence
TN - Lewis
TN - Williamson

We primarily serve Maury County for domestic violence survivors.  We serve surrounding counties due to the lack of services for victims of sexual violence.  We also work with counties throughout Tennessee and the nation to ensure victims have access to safe services.

Board Chair Statement

I was once a victim myself but did not reach out for help due to being a male.  I was approached by another Board Member and thought it would be a great way to give back.  I am now the Board President and love being involved.  I have not been on the Board very long and i am still learning but I know this a great way for me to help Center of Hope help those in need. 

We offer many services that are vital to the healing process for a victim.  

§ Support Groups


§ Case Management


§ Short and long-term residential services


§ Advocacy


§ Safety Planning


§ Therapeutic Counseling


§ Awareness Workshops/Professional training


§ Court Advocacy


Mark Baker


Center of Hope Board President


CEO Statement
You gave me HOPE when I didn’t have any, when the problems and doubts and the fears were many. You gave me HOPE and a shoulder to lean on, a hug when I needed one, and a friend when I had none. You gave me HOPE and a safe place to stay, advice for my problems, helped me get away. You gave me HOPE and you believed in me, taught me I was worth more than I dreamed I could be. You gave me HOPE and a purpose in life, an example to others to help them through strife. You gave me HOPE though I almost gave in to the terrible despair for the situation I was in. You gave me HOPE and not once did you judge. You picked me up when I fell, just a nice, loving nudge. You gave me HOPE that a difference I can make; I can share my story, teach by my mistakes. You gave me HOPE; I received love from a stranger, renewed in me FAITH, gave me PEACE from the danger. You gave me HOPE.
This is a poem from a survivor of domestic abuse who utilized our services over the course of 8 years. Although the journey was long and unfortunately, has not completely ended for her, she changed her life and now lives without abuse in her home. I am very proud of all the services we offer and strive to implement more. I think this poem illustrates what we do best. We give HOPE.
Description Shelter for women, men and children fleeing domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking.
Budget 71,924
Category Housing, General/Other Emergency Shelter
Population Served Victims, Adults, Families
Description Assistance navigating the justice system.
Budget 50,369
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Victims, Adults, Families

Case management & transitional housing for victims of domestic violence.

Budget 101,040
Category Human Services, General/Other Case Management
Population Served Victims, Adults, Families
Description Advocacy and counseling services for victims of sexual assault, including hospital accompaniment, court advocacy, information & referral, transportation, and safety planning
Budget 32,522
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Specific Populations
Population Served Victims, Adults, Families
Therapeutic counseling for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking.
Budget 59,937
Population Served , ,
Description The goal of this program is to ensure the children have someone to speak with and advocate on their behalf. By working with the parents we are able to ensure the child's needs are being met and resources are available.
Budget 17,103
Population Served , ,
CEO Comments
Center of Hope continues to strive to meet the needs of our clients but also to meet the needs of our staff.  We can no longer offer health insurance reimbursement. We have lost a some staff due to this and it is difficult to hire someone when you cannot offer that benefit.  We are working to find a solution to ensure our staff are taken care of.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mark Baker
Company Affiliation Baker Equipment
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Board Members
Mr. Mark Baker Baker EquipmentVoting
Ms. Niki Baxter Medical NecessitiesVoting
Ms. Carrie Bell Muletown RecVoting
Ms. Rosemary Burks OdysseywareVoting
Mr. Tim King Voting
Ms. Kei Pace Maury County Public SchoolsVoting
Ms. Trudy Parham Bradley GroupVoting
Mr Jared Sweeney Tennessee Aluminum ProcessorsVoting
Ms. Brenda Vick Farm BureauVoting
Mr Aaron Whitaker Preventia SecurityVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 40%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr Jared Sweeny
Company Affiliation Tennessee Aluminum Processors
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Standing Committees
Project Oversight
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Directors & Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Special Event Liability
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Additional Board Members
Janet Earwood Retired
Regina Rummage Ginger's Hair Salon
Mary Shannon Edward Jones
Kathy Tucker Tennessee Aluminum Processors
Barbara Walker Attorney/Mediator
CEO Comments
Center of Hope has raised money for years for a new residential facility and was able to break ground last year.  Shortly after breaking ground, a lawsuit was filed to stop the construction.  We are currently on hold, but are working hard to educate the community about domestic and sexual violence in the hopes that the fear will not be as large. Center of Hope has wonderful support while going through this process and continue to work with community members to hopefully finish what we started. The counseling program continues to grow every day as do our other programs.  Center of Hope serves more clients each and are able to educate more communities because of the great support of our community.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Traci L. Cook
Term Start Oct 2001

Traci attended the Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN where she received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology (with a concentration in Social Work) and a minor in Psychology. While there, she interned with the RIP program located at Centerstone in Columbia, Tn.


Traci is currently the Director at Center of Hope (formerly Hope House, Maury County Center Against Domestic Violence). She has worked for Center of Hope for over 13 years. Traci started out part time as the Child Advocate.   Soon after, she took a full time position as the shelter manager, moved on to Welfare-to-Work outreach counselor and then moved to the court advocate position.   In her time at COH, Traci co-organized the Maury County Task Force Against Domestic & Sexual Violence and is currently still actively involved with the Task Force. In 2013, Traci completed a Program Management Certificate through the Center for Non Profit Management.


Before coming to COH in 2001, Traci worked as crisis specialist for Columbia Area Mental Health (currently known as Centerstone), Children and Youth case manager for Centerstone and then moved on to work as the Truancy Case manager for the Maury County Board of Education. During this time, she also worked part time for the Family Center as a youth group facilitator that targeted teens involved in gang activity. While working at all of these jobs, Traci worked closely with the justice system and local law enforcement.


Traci has over 400 hours of training in the field of domestic & sexual violence, with an emphasis on legal advocacy, social service advocacy and program management. She has also conducted numerous trainings and presentations for the law enforcement community regarding the justice system response to domestic and sexual violence and has presented to several social service agencies in the Maury County Area. In addition to presenting and training, Traci was instrumental in bringing outside presenters and trainers to Maury County such as Ted Bunch with A Call To Men. 




Full Time Staff 7
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 20
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 78%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? No
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
America's Second Harvest2000
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2006
United Way Member Agency1989
Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence1988
Second Harvest Food Bank2005
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence1990
Tennessee CASA Association2006
Marvin Runyon Leadership AwardCenter for Nonprofit Management2009
Partner of the YearWorkforce Essentials Inc.2009
Baptist Healing Trust Healing Charity AwardCenter for Nonprofit Management2010
Voice for Victims AwardTennessee Board of Probation and Parole2011
Lifelong Community Service/Humanitarian AwardMartin Luther King Community Group2010
Community Hero AwardMaury County Task Force Against Domestic & Sexual Violence2011
Servant's Heart Award - finalistCenter for Nonprofit Management2011
Senior Staff
Title Assistant Director
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $650,501.00
Projected Expenses $623,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$239,796$241,701$244,060
Individual Contributions$279,634$167,912$166,351
Investment Income, Net of Losses$841$928$1,270
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$55,814$27,797$50,995
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$342,526$326,210$328,853
Administration Expense$102,076$94,528$99,328
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.311.051.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%78%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$724,590$580,582$562,022
Current Assets$437,798$363,183$385,450
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$462,584$17,128$20,233
Total Net Assets$699,804$563,454$541,789
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.9521.2019.05
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, & Grants $279,634Government Grants $241,701Government Grants & Contracts $244,060
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $239,796Contributions, Gifts, and Grants $167,912Other Contributions, Gifts & Grants $166,351
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $55,814Fundraising Events $27,797Special Events $50,995
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? Anticipated In 3 Years
Campaign Purpose To secure funds to build expand and improve the residential living opportunities for survivors of domestic & sexual violence.
Capital Campaign Goal $1,800,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2017 Financial Comments
*This organization has legally changed its name from Maury County Center Against Domestic Violence to Center of Hope in 2013*
Financials were taken from the 990.
990 completed by James B. Hughes, Jr., CPA.
Audit conducted by Joe Osterfeld, CPA.
Comments provided by Nicole Rose 07/06/2017.
Nonprofit Center of Hope
Address P.O. Box 1961
Columbia, TN 38402 1961
Primary Phone (931) 840-0916
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Traci L. Cook
Board Chair Mr. Mark Baker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Baker Equipment
Year of Incorporation 1989
Former Names
d/b/a/ Hope House
Maury County Center Against Domestic Violence

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