ABOUT

The Bridge 2 Home is a safe and loving home for young girls and young women that were victimized by sex trafficking; they can find healing and growth and can experience the love of a perfect heavenly Father who pursues them.

TEAM

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Dominique Bunton

Founder and Executive Director

Dominique Bunton is the Founder of The Bridge 2 Home.  Dominique has been married to Jim Bunton for 6 years.  She has 4 children and 6 grand-children.  Dominique enjoys spending time with her family, whether by watching her grand-daughter play basketball, one on one talks with her 10 year old grand-son, [or] by teaching a new skill to one of her grand children, or by gathering her children around the dinner table.

Dominique has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education.  She has always had a passion to work with and advocate for children. In her early years in New York, she volunteered and work with children and young adults with special needs.  She worked as a teacher and as a Quality Assurance at Head Start early education program.  Dominique spent a year in an orphanage in Haiti where she met and worked with the wonderful people of Haiti to support children that had been abandoned due mostly to poverty. 

When she returned to the United States, she joined the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS) where she worked directly with children and families in an effort to strengthen and promote the safety in families through foster care and helping support reunification whenever possible.  It was while working at SCDSS that the passion to help children who are victim/survivors of the sex trade was first ignited.  This passion awakened a dream create a place where these young women could find healing and growth. A place that they could truly call home.  The Bridge 2 Home is that place.

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Jim Bunton

Co-Founder

Jim Bunton is the co-founder of The Bridge 2 Home.  He was born in Columbia, SC. He is the youngest of 3 siblings. He was 17 years old when his father passed away.  At that young age, he decided to put his life on hold and take care of his mother. When she was no longer able to care for herself, Jim moved his mom to his home where he took care of her until she passed away.  His love for his mother is quite exceptional.  

Jim attended Midlands Technical College and received an Associate’s Degree in Process Control and Instrumentation. In 1989 he began a 10-year career at Savannah River Site. He then spent 20 years at a pharmaceutical plant in Augusta, GA. He is now back at Savannah River Site to finish out his working career. During this time, he held various roles as an Electrical & Instrumentation mechanic (E & I), plant operator and shift supervisor.

In 2015, Jim met his wife, Dominique who he later married. With Dominique by his side, he found Jesus and began attending Cedar Creek Church.  In 2019 he traveled to Guatemala to help install a fresh water well for the children of the "Living Water-Adopt-A-Child" non-profit organization. 

Jim began to imagine a place where children who have suffered great trauma at the hands of sexual perpetrators could live, feel safe and find the love and comfort of Jesus.  Jim and Dominique started the  search for that house, to answer God’s calling.  The Bridge 2 Home is the place that Jim will be privileged to have the opportunity to serve these children and be a part of their (journey of) healing.

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Robin LaVerne Smith

Board of Director

Robin LaVerne Smith hails from Pittsburgh, PA, but was raised here in South Carolina, and graduated from Greenwood High School (Greenwood, SC). She has four children: Amesha, Demetrius, Cala and Colson, and two grandchildren: Asia and Tahja.

Robin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN, and pursued her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling. She was a Teacher Assistant in Greenwood School District 50 for twelve years, served as an Adoption Supervisor for the South Carolina Department of Social Services and is currently serving as the County Director for Greenwood County.

Robin was ordained an Evangelist of the gospel in August 1999, by the authority of Dr. Bishop P.E. Jennette, Chief Apostle and Overseer, Greater Emmanuel Pentecostal Church of God, Inc., and by the authority of Dr. Armenia Johnson, Pastor, Holy Temple - Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc.

After leaving Pittsburgh and returning to Greenwood, the desire to continue preaching the Lord's Gospel was paramount, and led her to become part of another denomination where she faithfully served as an Evangelist. Being obedient to God's call, she resigned from the denomination which she had grown to love, and co-founded In God's Hands Ministries, Inc. in January 2007.

Robin believes in living by example and her heart's desire is to never be outside of the Will of God.

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Keli Holbrook

Board of Director

Keli Holbrook is the Kidz Creek Director at Cedar Creek Church West Campus where she has been on staff since 2002.  To say that she loves children is an understatement.  Keli has spent her entire adult life working with and serving kids and their families.  Prior to joining the staff at Cedar Creek Church, Keli worked as a Pediatric Dental and Orthodontic assistant.  She has served locally through several parachurch organizations and globally with Cedar Creek Church in Mexico, Guatemala, and Africa. 

 

She believes the following quote by Andy Stanley, “Your greatest accomplishment might not be something you do but someone you raise.”  to be true in her own life.  Keli & her husband, Wes, have 2 adult children, a son and a daughter, and a daughter-in-law. 

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Cory Green

Board of Director

Cory Rondell Green was born and raised in Allendale, SC where he discovered the importance of service to others.   He attended the University of South Carolina, Aiken where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Experimental Psychology with a Minor in Business.  Throughout his educational career, he gained an abundance of experience working with children and families in various settings such as shelters and group homes.  He also served as a Mental Health Counselor for Aiken Barnwell Mental Health Center upon graduating from the University of South Carolina, Aiken for 5 years. 

 

He quickly learned that early intervention was imperative in order to increase and improve outcomes with children and families who suffered from Chronic Mental Illness, so he decided to transition to the South Carolina Department of Social Services where he has worked with children who suffer from emotional disturbed behaviors since 2006.  He has served in multiple positions such as Case Manager, Supervisor, Regional Director and now Planning and Assessment Coordinator. 

His favorite quote is: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men” by Fredrick Douglas.

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Michael Downes

Board of Director

Michael Downes has been a member of the Edward Jones family for 25 year, the first three (3) yeas as a client. Prior to Edward Jones, he was in advertising sales for his city magazine.  It was enjoyable but he did not feel he was making a true impact in people’s lives.  His financial advisor helped him to realize that a career with Edward Jones would give him the opportunity to do what he loved, which is making a difference in the lives of others.

His ideal clients are those that want to carefully and thoughtfully work towards financial goals that range from: preparing for and living in retirement, sending children to college, estate considerations and protecting wealth with life insurance and long-term care plans.

His wife Kim and Michael have two children.  Cade is a freshman at Georgia Southern University and is an avid go-kart racer.  Regan, their daughter, is a high school sophomore and competitive cheerleader.  Most weekends, you will find Michael and his family at a race track or cheer competition.  In their free time, they enjoy exercise, cooking and decompressing from all the activities that require their attention.

Michael attended Wake Forest University on an Army ROTC scholarship where he graduated with a degree in business.  He served eight (8) years in the National Guard and Individual Ready Reserve.  He serves on the finance committee at church and is a member of the Martinez/Evans Rotary Club.

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Brandi Weems

Board of Director

Brandi Weems is a native Michigan.  She received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Family and Child Ecology with a minor in Child Development from Michigan State University and her Masters in Social Work with a minor in Mental Health and Chemical Dependency from Easter Michigan University.  She has been in Child Welfare since 2008. 

She began her career with the State of Michigan as a Child Protective Services Investigator.  She relocated to South Carolina where she continued in the work that God has called her to do.  She is currently a Regional Clinical Specialist with South Carolina Department of Social Services.  In this position she has been afforded the opportunity to work with youth and families that have been directly affected by Human Trafficking.  She is looking forward to working with The Bridge 2 Home staff and youth in an effort to support families directly affected.