BENEFITING: Peace at Home Family Shelter
Peace at Home Family Shelter is excited to be part of this year’s Purple Purse Challenge!
The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge is a fundraising campaign for charities benefiting domestic violence survivors.
The Challenge runs from Wednesday, September 28th at 12:00pm ET through Tuesday, October 25th at 1:59:59pm ET. The top five organizations that raise the most money in each division get cash grants.
1st Place gets $100,000
2nd Place gets $50,000
3rd Place gets $25,000
4th Place gets $20,000
5th Place gets $15,000
There will also be weekly Bonus Challenges totaling $115,000!
About Peace at Home Family Shelter:
To empower victims of domestic violence to survive and thrive by nurturing their self-determination and courage and to promote healthy relationships and compassionate communities through education, outreach, and advocacy.
Peace at Home Family Shelter has been providing shelter and supportive services to victims of domestic violence and their children since 1977. We were the first domestic violence shelter in the state of Arkansas.
Crisis Hotline –
We operate a 24 hour crisis hotline for victims of domestic violence and members of the community to contact us for services, advocacy and referrals. Our crisis line rang over 30,000 times in 2014.
Emergency Shelter –
We provide safe shelter for women escaping domestic violence and their children. We can shelter approximately 30 people at a time. In 2014, we provided safe shelter to 240 women and children. Families can stay in our shelter for up to 90 days.
Financial Assistance/Thrift Store – All our clients have access to shop in our thrift store (located at 1200 N Garland Ave, Fayetteville) for free for all of their clothing, furniture, and household item needs. We also provide financial assistance as needed to families for things such as bus tickets, utility assistance, vehicle repairs, etc.
Advocacy – All families in shelter are paired with a residential advocate. This advocate works with the client to determine what their individual barriers to independence are. The advocate then works with the client to set goals and supports the client in reaching their individual goals. Empowerment is a key principle in everything we do, so advocates never tell clients what their goals “should be”.
We also have a robust outreach advocacy program. Approximately 500 families a year work with our Outreach Advocates. These are families who have either transitioned out of shelter or did not need housing, but have other needs for services, such as – emotional support, assistance with goals, referrals, financial assistance, legal services, etc.
Legal Services – Last year, Peace at Home’s Legal Department assisted over 340 families with legal cases including orders of protection, divorce, eviction, u-visa and other issues. All free of charge. We are the only domestic violence shelter in the state of Arkansas to have an attorney on staff to represent our clients.
Support Groups – We offer weekly support groups in English and Spanish to support survivors in their recovery from violence in a group/peer environment. We also offer support groups for children and art groups for adults and children.
Transitional Housing Program – For families who need more than the 90 days of shelter, we offer a transitional housing program that offers up to 12 months of financial assistance for housing and intensive case management to help these families stay independent and violence-free.
Community Education – We work in our community to raise awareness of domestic violence and education about healthy relationships, bystander intervention, and how to make referrals to our shelter. We present to school groups, doctors, law enforcement, clergy, and community groups on a regular basis.