OPINION | Carin Schoppmeyer: Shelter, center support survivors; Peace at Home lauds Fayetteville mayor

Peace at Home lauds mayor

NWA Media/JASON IVESTER --11-27-2013--
Clients are given a stuffed toy and leave a painted handprint on the walls of the Children's Safety Center in Springdale. There are over 6500 handprints on the walls of the non-profit organization which started in 1997.
NWA Media/JASON IVESTER --11-27-2013-- Clients are given a stuffed toy and leave a painted handprint on the walls of the Children's Safety Center in Springdale. There are over 6500 handprints on the walls of the non-profit organization which started in 1997.


Peace at Home Family Shelter patrons joined the nonprofit organization as it marked Domestic Violence Awareness month and lauded Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan at the annual Courage Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Fayetteville Public Library Event Center.

"The Courage Award honors individuals or groups who have shown fortitude, strength and dedication to empowering domestic violence survivors and their families through volunteerism, philanthropy and commitment to eradicating violence from our communities," organizers say.

Mayor Jordan "brings his passion for public service to the community every day, improving the quality of life for everyone. He has personally and professionally been a committed advocate for survivors of domestic violence and Peace at Home Family Shelter."

Melanie Hyso, former Peace at Home client shared with luncheon guests her experience of going to Peace at Home for help after leaving her abuser. "I cried for the first week I was there because I couldn't believe it was real," she said. "It was better than I could have ever imagined. I owe them my life."

In 2022, Peace at Home provided:

Safe shelter to 218 individuals escaping violence, totaling 9,344 nights of safe shelter.

Housing assistance amounting to $255,000 in rent, utilities and other costs.

Legal services to 403 families, including divorce and child custody representation and assistance with obtaining orders of protection.

Counseling services to 66 survivors of domestic violence.

A listening ear and assistance to 1,349 crisis calls received through our hotline.

$11,488 total amount of thrift store vouchers given to clients."

Children's Safety Center

The Children's Safety Center of Washington will play host to a private Saying Goodbye reception from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow Oct. 16 for survivors who received services at its present location. The center will move to a new facility in the coming weeks.

"The CSC has been open for 26 years and many survivors have walked through these doors," organizers say. "If you think this will be a healing experience, we would love to reflect on your journey alongside you. The CSC team will be available to walk through the center with you and licensed mental health professionals will be available for conversations should you need support."

Survivors only may rsvp at: forms.gle/berk3HPToWBpQeJ47

  photo  Jessica Gray (from left), Leslie Tharp, Lee Ann Wilson, Twila Witt, Sarah Salsbury, Donna Thomas, Christine Morrison, Kathleen Russell, Kirby Jett, Annette Cornelison and Adam Hedman help support Peace at Home Family Shelter on Oct. 12 at the Courage Awards Luncheon at the Fayetteville Public Library. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Diana and Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan (from left), Teddy Cardwell and State Rep. Denise Garner stand for a photo Oct. 12 at the Fayetteville Public Library for the Peace at Home Family Shelter annual luncheon where Cardwell presented Mayor Jordan the organization's Courage Award. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Julie Shook (from left), Amanda Smith, Anna Lara and Jenny England help support Peace at Home. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Julianna Munden (from left), Tyler Benson, Melanie Hyso and Rhonda Wells gather at the Peace at Home luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Kat Taylor (left), Peace at Home advocate, and Blake Pennington, board member, visit at the Courage Awards Luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Kat Taylor (left), Peace at Home advocate, and Blake Pennington, board member, visit at the Courage Awards Luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Danielle Williams (from left), Sheerah Davis, Tanya Cook, Alqueeah Cates and Celia Thompkins help support Peace at Home Family Shelter on Oct. 12 in Fayetteville. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Alexa Williams (from left), Leanndra Pack and Shelbi Gower attend the Courage Awards Luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 
  photo  Bethany Clark (from left), Eva Terry and Beth Looper welcome guests to the Peace at Home luncheon. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Carin Schoppmeyer)
 
 


At a Glance

Courage Awards Luncheon

Who: Peace at Home Family Shelter

What: The nonprofit organization recognized Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan for his support of the shelter.

When: Thursday Oct. 12

Where: Fayetteville Public Library

Information: (479) 444-8310 or peaceathomeshelter.org

Saying Goodbye reception

Who: Childrens Safety Center of Washington County

What: The center will host a private reception for survivors who received services at its present location. The center will move to a new facility in the coming weeks.

When: Tomorrow Oct. 16

Where: Childrens Safety Center of Washington County in Springdale

Information: (479) 872-6183, childrenssafetycenter.org or forms.gle/berk3HPToWBpQeJ47

 



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