Peace at Home Family Shelter’s program provides financial, personal, and career empowerment
FAYETTEVILLE—Allstate has donated $10,000 to support Peace at Home Family Shelter’s Arkansas Women Achieving (AWA) program. The donation will AWA has proven very successful in helping domestic violence survivors giving financial, personal, and career empowerment.
“We are very appreciative of the support that Allstate has given us,” said Maria Thompson-McSperitt, Transitional Services Coordinator for PAH. “AWA has been a very successful program that has provided a solid foundation for women as they create their new independent lives. We are very grateful for the support of the business community.”
AWA is a three-phase economic empowerment program that not only assists women with gaining the skills necessary to obtain employment, pursue a career or education, but it also centers on restoring dignity and the right to self-determination that has been
denied them for far too long. Another benefit of the AWA program has been watching women gain inspiration, strength and friendships from each other.
Since its inception, 232 women have participated in the seminar weekend with 103 taking part since May 2008 when Mrs. Thompson-McSperitt took over the program. AWA offers separate seminars for Hispanics and non-Hispanic women that are tailored to each group. The program typically graduates the same number from each demographic.
So far 100% of the women who attended the program have completed it. There are no prerequisites or follow-ups; this is strictly a
motivational and informational program.
Established in 1977, Peace at Home is Arkansas’ oldest shelter for domestic violence survivors. Their mission is to END domestic
violence. They offer emergency shelter, a crisis line, advocacy, job training, and bi-lingual services. In 2007, the organization had
an astonishing 78% success rate for families moving onto safe and successful lives. Last year, they had 3,936 safe nights for women and children.