New Orleans jazz concert to benefit Harvest House of Hope

Published 7:07 pm Friday, February 6, 2015

Do you enjoy the sound of true Dixieland Jazz?
Bainbridge will have the opportunity to hear the rhythmic, soulful music of New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Kirbo Center from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., featuring Barry Martyn and the Dixieland Jazz Band.
Tickets for the event are $25 and all proceeds go to the Harvest House of Hope, a faith-based, long term residential recovery program for adult women 18 and older who are affected by the disease of alcoholism or addition.
“My thing is helping other women,” Cissie Franklin said. Franklin is 30 years sober from alcohol and has found her calling in running the Harvest House of Hope. “You don’t have to live like this. Let me show you another way, let me show you what God has done for me.”
The house, located just north of Bainbridge, currently is home to eight women from all over the Southeastern region. There is even one from Washington state who found Franklin’s God-based program by typing “women’s sober living” on her tablet one night in November 2014.
“I didn’t even know where Georgia was on the map,” she said. “After talking to Cissie so many times on the phone, I knew this was Christ-based. I knew without Christ, it wasn’t going work.”
Franklin welcomes all women from all walks of life who are ready to remove themselves from their toxic, addiction-fueled lifestyles and fill that hole in their life with God. One woman came to the Harvest House of Hope with only the clothes on her back. The turnaround she’s seen in herself and the outpour of support she’s received from the other women in the home and Cissie brings tears to her eyes.
“For the first time in my life, I’ve felt safe,” she said. “I don’t have to be afraid anymore.”
The HHH, now two and a half years old, exists to provide a safe, supportive and encouraging atmosphere for those serious about getting sober. Old goals and ways of thinking are replaced with new ones. Everyone in the house is responsible for certain jobs, which Cissie believes helps keep the mind and body busy.
The women also help around the community, one of the biggest events being the ringing of the kettle bell for the Salvation Army during the holiday season.
Tickets for A Night in New Orleans can be purchased at the Bean Café, Health Products and Yogurt Too, Polka Dot Giftshop, Bainbridge Engraving, Turner Broadband and the Tanning Company. They can be purchased in Cairo at Country Financial and in Dothan at Print Services, Inc.

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