• 59°

Past abuse leads woman to social work field

Davidson County Community College
Long before she graduated from Davidson County Community College with an associate’s degree on May 13, Amy Church knew what she wanted to major in when she transfers to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Church, 36, of Mocksville, will pursue a career in social work to help children and women who are survivors of abuse.
For the first 11 years of her life, Church said, she was subjected to physical and emotional abuse by her parents. By age 14, she was on her own and working full time to support herself.
She dropped out of high school and soon found herself in an abusive relationship and a subsequent marriage that ended in divorce.
With guidance and support from Davie County Domestic Violence Services, Church said she learned to understand and break the cycles of abuse while learning ways to protect herself and others.
Through a social work career, she hopes to learn more to share with others.
The mother of two children, Church returned to the DCCC campus in Mocksville to earn her Adult High School diploma in 1990. It took 15 years for her to build up enough self-esteem and courage to enroll in curriculum classes at DCCC in 2005.
“The hardest part was trusting people around me. I secluded myself,” she said.
The abuse left Church with post-traumatic stress syndrome, but she has managed to overcome her emotional scars and use her experiences to help others.
She is a former volunteer for the Guardian Ad Litem program to help abused children going through the court system, and she works as a volunteer to help those seeking relief from Davie County Domestic Violence Services.
Church was awarded the Wade W. Dauch/Elizabeth and Arthur Pierce Memorial Scholarship at DCCC, one of the most valuable given by the college’s foundation.
She is eager to begin her social work courses this fall. Her ultimate goal is to open a safe house for abuse victims.
Church was honored during a DCCC Student Success Program reception in early May where she received a certificate and cash award for her performance as an exemplary student while working two part-time jobs and caring for her 16- and 13-year-old children.
Jimmie Gravely, director of the Student Success Program at DCCC, said Church defied the odds.
“According to many people who knew her, this student was not going to be able to graduate. I am proud that Amy Church took advantage of all of the opportunities afforded her at DCCC and especially in the Student Success Program,” Gravely said.
“She wanted this degree so much, and she did what was necessary to get it, despite the circumstances that would have stopped most people,” Gravely continued. “Her ability to persist will serve her well. We are fortunate to have her as a role model for other students.”
For more information about the DCCC Student Success program, contact Gravely at 336-249-8186, extension 6114 or jagravel@davidsonccc.edu.

Comments

Comments closed.

High School

High school football: Hornets overpower South to secure playoff spot

Crime

Jeffrey MacDonald won’t be released despite deteriorating health

Business

Amazon warehouse workers reject union in Alabama

Nation/World

Ex-NFL player’s brain to be probed for trauma-related harm after Rock Hill shootings

Education

Duke University to require COVID vaccinations for fall term

Education

Cooper OKs bill offering K-12 students summer school option

High School

High school football: Record night for Pinckney as East cruises; Carson wins thriller in OT

Nation/World

D-Day survivor, WWII torch bearer Ray Lambert dies at 100

Nation/World

Prince Philip was always defined by role as husband of British queen

BREAKING NEWS

One dead, several injured after head-on collision in China Grove

Crime

Man, woman charged for selling drugs to undercover deputies

Crime

Blotter: Rowan County man charged with indecent liberties with children

Local

Spencer town board gets look at Park Plaza progress

Business

‘Applicant market’: Unemployment rate improving as businesses hire more workers

Local

National, local business leaders praise Salisbury’s initiative to support Black-owned operations

Nation/World

Tillis has prostate cancer surgery

Coronavirus

Adverse reactions surface from Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Nation/World

Expert: Lack of oxygen killed George Floyd, not drugs

Local

Quotes of the week

Nation/World

Biden seeks crackdown on homemade firearms

Nation/World

Victim of former NFL player’s rampage wrote of faith, life’s fragility

News

Wrongly imprisoned man gets $750,000

High School

West falls to Statesville, finishes second in NPC

Education

Middle, high school students head back to classes full time