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Local music artist creates safe haven to empower young women

King’s daughter is a safe house for young women who have faced hardship and is run by local artist and former “The Voice” contestant Casme Barnes-Carter.

The purpose of the club is to help young girls grow spiritually and mentally.

“I feel like this program helps the girls to understand that they have someone to talk to and that they are not alone,” said Tirrany Jones, one of the group members.

Khiliye Kaiser said she liked how the group leaders were compassionate and caring.

“They’re really supporting us, they’re really there for us and they care and I like that I like people to care,” Kaiser said.

Shawnae Manuel said being part of this program helps her never feel alone.

“It showed me that I have people to talk to other than being home alone most of the time because I feel like I can’t really trust people so I’m grateful to be able to trust them,” said Manuel.

Sanaa Williams said she joined the group because she felt a sense of belonging.

“I feel like the girls are really there to support you and if you need anything you can go to them for anything,” Williams said. “The girls are really open-minded and it won’t change what you say.”

Team member Lori Ward said she hopes the safe house can be a place the girls can turn to in times of need.

“The purpose of this program is to help young girls grow and be there so that they are a safe place to go, uh, to love them to help them, to learn skills that they may not have -not be taught otherwise, and just be there for them,” Ward said.

Carter said she formed the program because of her strong relationship with God.

“I want to get this message across that I am a daughter of the king and I also want other women and girls to know that they are too. It helps us through bad relationships, it helps us through life and adversity,” she said.

Ward said she hopes the program will encourage the community to get involved.

“I hope more people will support this program and that it saves girls, even if we save a life, we have made a difference,” she said.

Carter said she hopes the program will lead the girls to a bright future.

“The interest is to be able to say that this group of girls started as little girls, and now, look at them, they are women who have a considerable impact on the community,” she said.

Carter said the community should come together to make sure the lives of these young women are changed.

“If we can come together as a community and support these girls and do our best, then we’re raising a new generation that’s ready to take over and be bosses and be businesswomen, and be great mothers and leaders and that’s what we need,” she said.