4 the JEWEL N U


To empower victims of abuse and their family members, by educating them on the stigmas associated with domestic violence and sexual assault.


To have a community rich in healthy relationships and free of violence.


  • To provide referrals and linkages to resources.
  • To develop local partnerships to support efforts to educate our community on "how" to recognize and prevent violence; and
  • To expand the National  "NO MORE" campaign.

4 THE JEWEL CEO/founder


Karen Denise Alston, I AM a JEWEL

My Level of Commitment

Before embarking on this quest, I made a commitment to myself, my husband, family, and in memory of our friends (some with children) who lives were cut short due to this vicious cycle called domestic violence and sexual assault.  I sought spiritual and professional counseling, running into roadblocks that did not meet my present need. It was essential to my survival to continue my education for a better understanding on how this abuse had affected me emotionally, economically, psychologically, physically and sexually. Working over 25 years in the criminal justice field as a Paralegal and Office Manager and receiving my bachelor’s degree from University of Phoenix in Criminal Justice, never prepared me for the inedible of being abused. 

My Healing Process

The first step in my healing process involved looking in the mirror.  It was vital for my freedom to begin understanding my thought process, and how my past experiences were evolving into new relationships and decreasing not only my physical but mental health as well. Becoming a member of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence was very instrumental in my quest to be educated and empowered concerning the intersecting issues of my health and the traumatic violence I had encountered.    Accepting facts that some of my choices was the cause of me not being able to bear children, having lack of trust, lack of self-esteem and the lack of compassion, was all hidden behind the mask I wore so well.  So, I thought. Getting help and support was not easy, and very few.  In 1996, with the support of my husband and mother, I began to break the silence by speaking in various community churches, luncheons and civic events that will allow me the platform to speak with passion and hope for the abuse to seek help.  I am committed to partner with other organizations to break the silence.  Breaking the silence includes recognition of abuse which will help to increase prevention of abuse.   My passion and compassion for others is the reason why I chose to further my education with Liberty University seeking higher education in Master of Art Human Services in Counseling – Life Coaching.  Also, a student with The John Maxwell Team to become a "transformational" leader 365 days.

My Dreams to Reality

Hence, the development of 4 the Jewel N U Global, Inc., and "I AM"Domestic Dialogue w/Denise was created.  It is vital, as a team, to build strong relationships and partner with other agencies and organizations which are designed to enhance and empower victims.  Behind the closed doors, it is not always easy to just say "NO MORE" to domestic violence and sexual assault without professional assistance.   As a team, we are committed to providing the necessary resources and education to help others choose to live a healthier lifestyle free from violence.

"I AM NOT what happened to me.  I AM what I choose to become!" Carl Jung

 "I AM A JEWEL choosing to be a servant FOR THE JEWEL N U"

2019 - 2021 Board of Directors

Thea Zeppone, Chairman

Michael Sampson, Vice Chairman

Shondtel Walker, Treasurer

Karyta Byers, Financial Secretary

Keynnard Campbell, Parliamentarian

Advisory Team of Dedicated Volunteers