When Peace at Home Family Shelter moved into our Donald W Reynolds shelter facility in 2008, we were immediately able to serve more victims of domestic violence than ever before. The new building made it possible for up to 30 women and children to find safety and shelter away from abuse.
A lot has changed in Northwest Arkansas since then. Now, over half a million people call our community home, with more people arriving every day. While our population has increased dramatically, so too has the need for safe, emergency shelter for families fleeing violence. In the past few years, Peace at Home had to turn away 40% of requests for safe shelter simply because the shelter was full.
Two years ago, the board and staff of Peace at Home started on a plan to raise the money needed to expand our emergency shelter from a 30 bed facility to a 50 bed facility. This Growing for a Safer Tomorrow campaign allowed us to renovate an unfinished second floor of our shelter and better serve our growing community.
We broke ground on the expansion construction last year and were able to open the expansion to families in need earlier this summer.
Within 24 hours of opening the new rooms, all were full.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Growing for a Safer Tomorrow campaign and made this expansion possible. Because of you, more families are safe today.
There is still great need in our community, and next week we will share more information on a new program to help survivors, but today we are grateful for what you have made possible –
More beds, more safe nights, more families free from danger.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We will be celebrating the opening of our expansion with a Grand Opening event and we hope you will join us!
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, September 6th, 2-3pm
Peace at Home Family Shelter
The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Fayetteville and Springdale Chambers of Commerce, light refreshments, and tours of the expansion space and shelter.
Come celebrate safe shelter with us on Wednesday, September 6th!
For more information about the Grand Opening, please contact Eva Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479.444.8310