Steps to Hope holds 2nd annual gala, debuts new logo 

Published 1:17 pm Thursday, February 29, 2024

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Last Saturday, Steps to Hope hosted its highly anticipated 2nd Annual Charity Gala, drawing over 170 community members in attendance. 

The gala not only celebrated the organization’s achievements but also marked the unveiling of expansion plans and a fresh logo design, signaling a new chapter in its mission to support survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Dubbed “The L.O.V.E. Boat,” an acronym for “Let’s. Overcome. Violence. Everywhere.,” the gala set sail as the maiden voyage of what will be an ongoing February event. Amidst an atmosphere of compassion and determination, Diane Nelson, the Executive Director of Steps to Hope, took the stage to announce the organization’s plans. 

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“The annual gala was a perfect opportunity to announce the spaces we are designing into our new facility and publicly thank our gracious donors for their support,” said Nelson. “The goal going forward is for the survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault residing in our shelter to no longer leave our campus to receive the services they need.” 

The expansion plans include dedicated spaces for community partners to hold meetings and ensuring that survivors have seamless access to essential services such as legal aid, medical assistance and social support without having to leave the safety of the shelter. Agencies like Pisgah Legal Services will collaborate with Steps to Hope, bringing their services directly to the survivors, thereby reducing stress and trauma.

The organization also took this opportunity to unveil a new logo design, symbolizing the brave journey of individuals breaking free from unhealthy relationships and finding refuge in Steps to Hope’s care. 

Steps to Hope unveiled its new logo last Saturday


“We can take this gigantic step because of the foundation our community leaders laid nearly 40 years ago,” Nelson emphasized.

The new logo, adorned with the tagline “Advocacy | Education | Safety,” embodies the comprehensive support and empowerment provided by Steps to Hope, spanning from advocacy and education to ensuring the safety and well-being of survivors and young adults.

As Steps to Hope charts a course toward expanded facilities and enhanced services, the organization remains steadfast in its commitment to providing a beacon of hope for survivors in the community. 

Steps to Hope is the domestic violence and sexual assault center located in Columbus serving Polk County and the Upstate. To learn more, visit





Submitted by Jessica Cashwell