Ruth’s Cottage Announces Latino Outreach

Ruth’s Cottage and The Patticake House (RCPCH) announces that they have been granted $107,656 from the State of Georgia’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to create a Latino Outreach Program.

The Council receives allocations of funding from The Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Fund that was created by Congress in 1984 to provide federal support to state and local programs that assist victims of crime. VOCA uses non-taxpayer money from the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) for programs hat serve victims of crime. RCPCH is a certified server of crime victims.

The Latino Outreach Program will be managed by Jim Mejia, Bi-Lingual Legal Advocacy for the organization. He is joined by two Bi-Lingual Shelter Advocates, Maria Bueno and Lucia Pena.

The Goal of the project is to increase the number of Latino victims of family violence who will call the Ruth’s Cottage 24/7 Hotline (229.388.1541) to request help and receive services.

Applying known rates of violence to the census count of Latinos in the Tifton Judicial Circuit, RCPCH Staff are aware that this population is being underserved. The efforts of this team of domestic violence prevention professionals are to communicate and educate the Latino community that there is confidential help and safety for their future.

A calendar of outreach events and activities of this program are being created and a Kick-Off event has been set for Saturday, March 20th, 2021, from 10AM to 1PM at the Pinehurst Plaza in Tifton. This is locate at 200 W. 12th Street and will be a drive thru event to meet COVID safety protocols.

Those who participate will receive gift items and information on the services of RCPCH and will also receive hotdogs and beverages from the Latino Outreach Program Team.

All area Latino families and individuals are invited to participate.

For more information on Ruth’s Cottage and The Patticake House and the Latino Outreach Program, please contact Jim Mejia at 229.387.9697 or email

The Wiregrass Farmer, March 3, 2021