Our Staff

Executive Director / Caroline Kittle

“Jesus found me at the Grace House. Being an atheist most of my life, I was never able to experience freedom from my alcoholism and addiction that my soul was longing for. I thought that I was smart enough to figure out another solution that wasn’t God and AA. After years of trying to get sober and failing time and time again, I was tired. Tired of fighting, tired of hurting my family, and tired of running from God. My life had no meaning or purpose. I told my family I was desperate and for the first time I had the willingness to go anywhere they wanted me to. My mom found Grace House and my new life started the day I walked through the doors. I learned how to live at Grace House. I learned how to support myself and to take responsibility for my decisions and mistakes. I learned how to love myself and be the daughter, sister, and friend my loved ones deserved. I learned how to accept the love of Jesus and gave my life to Him and the service of other people. Your life will change in this house. There is no way it can’t. My life and the lives of countless women and their families are a testimony to the transformation that takes place at Grace House. Give yourself a chance, you deserve it.”

Email Caroline or call (912) 223-2416

Assistant Director / Victoria Dumolt

Drugs and alcohol consumed my life before I came to the Grace House. I tried to stop multiple times on my own, but I failed every time. My life was miserable. I was without a job, and I had pushed my friends and family away. I felt my life had no purpose, and I was starting to accept that I was going to be miserable forever. I came to the Grace House in 2014. The ladies here loved me until I could love myself. By the grace of God and this program the obsession was lifted from me to want to drink or use drugs. I learned how to hold a job, pay my bills, and be a responsible young adult. I am so very grateful for Linda opening the Grace House and giving me and many other women a second chance at life. Today I am in school and have been blessed to work at the Grace House and give back what was given to me. I love my life, I am truly happy, and I never could have imagined that before getting clean and sober thanks to the Grace House.

Email Victoria

 

 CAC / JoAnne Hanft

A graduate of University of Georgia, Jo Ann attended the chemical dependency counselor training program at Hazelden Foundation in Center City, Minnesota. She is a certified chemical dependency counselor by the Institute of Chemical Dependency Professionals of Minnesota and was employed six years by Hazelden Foundation as their primary and family program counselor. Jo Anne has been our volunteer in house counselor since 2013 and comes to the Grace House twice weekly and provides our girls with one on one counseling free of charge. She is an unbelievable blessing to our house and residents and loved by all. JoAnne truly understands addiction.

 

LCSW /Virginia Holm

Clinical social worker, Virginia Holm “Betsy” helps the girls attain the personal growth they seek through art and psychotherapy. She has obtained her Master’s Degree from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences as well as a Master’s Degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She obtained a Master’s degree in Art History from Case Western Reserve and a Bachelor’s Degree from Tulane University. Betsy is certificated in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from The Cleveland Institute of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for the treatment of trauma and traumatic grief and loss. She holds a group counseling weekly.

The Paper Dolls

This is a group of about 20 local Christian women from St Simons who have come since 2010. These women conduct a short bible study group weekly and donate paper products monthly. These women become a personal mentor for each girl who comes here to make her journey through this new way of life, just a little bit easier. We could not this this without them!

 

 

 

 

 

Founder / Linda Rigazio

Beginning at the  age of 13, I started drinking and drugging then began moving between South Carolina and Miami. Always running from myself.  After 30 years of alcohol and drug use, three marriages, two kids I did not raise, no family contact and looking at 10-20 years in prison, I realized I was hopeless and exhausted. At 45 , with my husband ‘s encouragement,  I headed off to Detox for the second time, returned home and started attending 12 step meetings where I picked up a white chip and I have never let it go. I learned that happiness came from helping others and I saw a need for sober living here in Brunswick.  I took a leap of faith, sold my horses, rented a house and commit myself to helping other women achieve recovery and freedom.   In November of 2009, the Grace House of Brunswick  became a reality then in May 2016 I open Grace House Augusta and July 2018 I opened  Hope House Jax  .  I know that with God’s help and some determination I finally found true freedom and happiness. Don’t quit before the miracle happens !

 


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