Meet The Founder
Alecia Peters, MSSW
""Healing can be a long and painful journey. It requires resilience and bravery. In order to heal, we must be willing to relinquish the innate human instinct to anesthetize the pain by depending on drugs, alcohol, sex, and other external and/or internal emotionally explosive devices. We must be humble enough to seek help from God and others and courageous enough to take strategic steps that will initiate change in our lives."
- Alecia Peters, MSSW
Alecia Peters is the Founder and Executive Director of Healing Hearts Center, a position she’s held since the organization began in 2010. She is a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault and has advocated on behalf of abused women and children for over 15 years. Since 2001 Ms. Peters has devoted her life to ending violence against women and children. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Peters began working with survivors of abuse. Once she received her graduate degree, Ms. Peters became a Mental Health Professional with Mental Health Management. She counseled individuals, conducted support groups, and trained staff on the dynamics of mental illness.
When she moved to Dallas, she began volunteering with Turning Point Rape Crisis Center. Her primary responsibilities consisted of hospital advocacy and "crisis-hotline-responder". In addition, she volunteered for Victim’s Outreach and Rahab International Ministries at the Potter’s House Church. Both organizations focus on ending violence against women.
In 2010, Ms. Peters relocated to Ellis County and began seeking an abuse center to volunteer as an advocate. She was appalled to discover this service did not exist. With God’s grace, support from law enforcement, churches, and other individuals, the Healing Hearts Center was established. Currently Healing Hearts Center offers individual counseling, support groups, 24 hour crisis hotline, case management and community outreach.
Ms. Peters received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia and Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work from Tuskegee University.
Her passion and life goal is to prevent and eradicate violence against women and children. Ms. Peters believes God’s redemptive love and healing can transform lives as He did in her life. She encourages survivors of abuse to no longer suffer in silence but to speak up and seek help.