Natchez and Northeast Mississippi Services

Guardian Shelter for Battered Families

Guardian Daycare

Every child has a fundamental right to live free of violence, humiliation and exploitation. This program provides an atmosphere free of violence and assures children are treated with respect.

Services include:
Therapy for children, tutoring, sporting events, arts and crafts, potty training, file trips and parental development.

Guardian Sexual Assault Center

The Guardian Sexual Assault Center is a program established to help eliminate or reduce the incidence of rape and sexual assault through prevention and education. As well as providing the coordination of services to victims of rape and sexual assault and to their families and friends. All services are offered free of charge.

Service Offered:

  • 24-hour crisis hotline – 601-982-RAPE
  • Mental Health Intervention
  • Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Emergency Shelter: Helps victims of interpersonal violence.
  • Emergency Assistance: Provides families with temporary relief from the fear of eviction and remaining homeless and with maintaining their electricity and/or gas. This is only offered when funds are available.
  • Long / Short Term Counseling
  • Community Awareness
  • Court / Law Enforcement Escorts

Guardian Collection Thrift Store

The Guardian Collection Thrift Store offers gently used items for sale to the Natchez community as a source of income for Natchez domestic violence and sexual assault programs.

Rapid Rehousing & Emergency Solutions Program

The Rapid Re-Housing Domestic Violence Program provides a quick response to individuals and families who are displaced and homeless as a result of domestic violence. This program is a safe haven and provides hope to individuals and families affected by domestic violence. It is unique in that it responds to the need for this
vulnerable population to move quickly to safe housing of their choice and not be subjected to the ongoing abuse of a perpetrator to control their lives.

Vardaman Life Center

The Vardaman Family Life Center is located in Vardaman, MS, a small town in NE Mississippi. The mission of the Vardaman Family Life Center is to be a welcoming presence – showing dignity for all people, regardless of race, religion or political affiliation and to provide support to vulnerable populations. The primary service area of the Center is Calhoun County and neighboring communities. Services are provided in both Spanish and English to ensure inclusion of the immigrant population in the area.

Embracing the belief that it is more important to affirm people’s potential than to focus on their limitations, our services focus on strengthening and empowering individuals and families with resources and support that will help them overcome barriers they face in daily life.

Program areas:

  • Parent enrichment session that include topics for nutritional awareness, financial empowerment and health concerns
  • Basic ESL classes
  • GED classes
  • General case management support and community referral services
  • Referral services for immigration legal services through Catholic Charities Migrant Support Center
  • Special projects including Summer children’s camp, National Migration Week activities, cultural awareness events
  • Emergency Assistance (as funding is available)

Community Partnerships:

  • A dedicated Advisory Board comprised of a diverse group of individuals that reflect the community population
  • Catholic parishes of Deanery 5, Diocese of Jackson
  • Catholic Charities Migrant Support Center
  • McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement – University of Mississippi
  • MS Valley State University
  • Communicare
  • CHANGE Amory
  • City of Vardaman

Services Offered:

  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Advanced ESL
  • PACEM Outreach Services
  • Resource & Referral Services

Office Hours:
Tues and Thur: 10am to 8pm
Wed: 10am to 4pm
Closed Mondays and Fridays


For more information, please contact:
Ms. Danna Johnson, Program Specialist

Direct: 662-682-9992


210 N. Main Street (P.O. Box 328 for mail)

Vardaman, MS 38878