Since opening in 1989, Restoration Village has been a refuge of support and hope to people suffering from various circumstances, such as homelessness, abuse, sexual trauma, and hunger. For an average stay of six months to a year, Restoration Village is a safe-haven for many women and children. The first priority of Restoration Village’s staff is to provide a safe, abuse-free environment while restoring independence and advocating long-term goals. As part of a trauma-informed response approach, each of the residents is provided with free counseling. Residents also work with the staff to develop a long-term plan, which includes specific life and therapeutic goals.
From 2015 to 2016, Restoration Village saw a 47 percent increase in the number of children they provided services for. “We are thankful for community partners like the United Way of Northwest Arkansas whose grant funding around children living in poverty helped us enhance our services for children through our children’s enrichment program, which is part of the advocacy program,” said Cynthia Cochran, development director for Restoration Village.
With 88 percent of funding coming from individual donors and businesses, Restoration Village relies heavily on community support. Through fundraising events, such as the upcoming Aim for Advocacy Sporting Clay on August 26, Restoration Village is able to raise the funds they need in order to provide food, shelter, and clothing to its residents.
Proceeds from the Aim for Advocacy Sporting Clay support the advocacy program and help ensure that residents are connected with the appropriate resources and given the tools and support to take the next step in life. Sign up to participate in the Sporting Clay here.
For 28 years, the staff at Restoration Village has been committed to breaking the cycle of abuse and restoring hope for every woman and child. By volunteering, donating, and participating in yearly fundraising events, you can help break the cycle, too. Visit www.restorationvillage.net to learn more.