About Peace at Home Family Shelter


Our Story


Founded in 1977 by a group of community members, Peace at Home was the very first domestic violence shelter in the state of Arkansas. Our current programs include a 24-hour crisis hotline, 50-bed emergency shelter, legal services, support groups, counseling, and housing assistance programs. All services are confidential and free of charge for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Each year, Peace at Home supports over 1,000 individuals in the community as they seek safety and independence. In our 44-year history, our shelter and services have expanded, but our focus has remained on helping families leave domestic violence safely and successfully.

Our Mission


Our mission is 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.

Our Impact


At Peace at Home Family Shelter, we are committed to supporting survivors of intimate partner violence in Northwest Arkansas. In 2021 alone, we provided:

  • Safe shelter to 75 adults and 76 children escaping violence, totaling 6,238 nights of safe shelter. 
  • Housing assistance to 160 families in our community.
  • Legal services to 537 families, including divorce and child custody representation and assistance with obtaining orders of protection.
  • Counseling services to 92 survivors of domestic violence.
  • A listening ear and assistance to 1,205 crisis calls received through our hotline.
  • $12,500 total amount of thrift store vouchers given to clients. 

2021 

Impact Report

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Our Board Members


The Board of Directors of Peace at Home Family Shelter is an all-volunteer group comprised of individuals from our local community. They devote their time, talents, and resources to fulfilling the mission of Peace at Home.



Melissa Atkins

Tina Bare

Tyler Benson

Teddy Cardwell

Melanie Gage

Sarah Langham

Julianna Munden

Blake Pennington

Maudie Schmitt

Sharon Wright

Our Leadership Staff

TERESA MILLS 
she/her/hers
CEO
tmills@peaceathomeshelter.com


AURORA VICARI 
she/her/hers
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS 
avicari@peaceathomeshelter.com


LYNN KING 
she/her/hers
CFO 
lking@peaceathomeshelter.com

EVA TERRY 

she/her/hers
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
eterry@peaceathomeshelter.com


BETH LOOPER
she/her/hers
LEAD ADVOCATE 
elooper@peaceathomeshelter.com

KATELYN ADMIRE 
she/her/hers

SENIOR STAFF ATTORNEY 
kadmire@peaceathomeshelter.com

MARIA TORRES 
she/her/hers

BILINGUAL COUNSELOR 
mtorres@peaceathomeshelter.com

MITZI O'DELL
she/her/hers

THRIFT STORE MANAGER 
modell@peaceathomeshelter.com



Want to Help?


Our work is making a difference in the lives of families in Northwest Arkansas every day, but we need your help.

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