It’s a little white house tucked back in the country that is easily overlooked, but the building couldn’t have a greater mission.
C.A.R.E. stands for Child Abuse Reporting Enforcement, but children aren’t the only ones helped inside. Anyone who is a victim of a crime is welcome to come in, to receive encouragement, or just have someone listen to them.
The C.A.R.E. Cottage is run under the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, and offers sanctuary inside the comfortable home. The walls are painted with trees and greenery, the floors covered with stuffed animals for the kids, and books and movies overflow the shelves for adults.
The point of the C.A.R.E. Cottage is to help victims of any crime, feel comfortable and safe. Once inside, victims are able to relax, and talk with Director Karen (K.B.) Ayer.
Ayer is a sworn officer of the Sheriff, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. She wears no gun on her hip, doesn’t have a uniform, and looks like a mom willing to listen and give a hug to whoever needs it.
The Cottage acts as a liaison between many departments throughout the county. K.B. is constantly communicating with the Sheriff’s office when they get complaints and charges of domestic and child abuse. She knows the District Attorney, and basically any one who helps with victims of abuse. K.B. also helps by directing and explaining to people the steps they need to take for lawful retribution when a crime has been committed against them.
The C.A.R.E. Cottage is a secure house, where confidentiality is honored, and trust is built. Whether male or female, young or old, K.B. Makes Middle Georgia Great by offering a sanctuary for those most in need.