An Arkadelphia domestic violence shelter shuts its doors days before Christmas, leaving a huge void in the area.
But, other communities are stepping up to help out.
Lauren Lambert, with Saline County Safe Haven, said, “Our information calls have increased from that area.”
She says after the Courage House — in Arkadelphia — shut down because of funding issues other shelter directors rushed in to help.
She believes the women and children there did find somewhere else to go, but she’s certain there’s more out there.
“And they are now without a resource and a place to go and a safe place to talk to somebody,” Lambert said.
Lambert says this closure comes at a bad time as domestic violence tends to rise during the holidays and shelters are overcrowded.
But she’s especially concerned about Arkadelphia and the communities around it.
Lambert said, “It is so under-served for the victim population. De Queen lost their funding within the last two years that I know of and El Dorado is losing funding left and right. They’re now an outreach, so there’s no longer shelters in that area.”
But Lambert wants to stress she’ll be there for anyone in that area needing help, no matter what.
We tried contacting the folks with Courage House but no one returned our messages.
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