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
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