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Nevada County Picayune-Times - Prescott, AR
  • Courage House closes

  • The Courage House has closed due to a lack of funding, and the closure leaves a void for women and children of Arkadelphia and Clark County.
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  • By Jamal Brown
    jbrown@siftingsherald.com
    The Courage House has closed due to a lack of funding, and the closure leaves a void for women and children of  Arkadelphia and Clark County.
    The Courage House provided shelter for women and children who were victims of domestic violence.
    "There is nothing here," said Lashunda Dickerson, former director of the Courage House.
    Dickerson said a lack of funding led to the closure. The shelter was plagued with financial problems in the past year. Several months ago, the organization issued a plea for donations to help pay the mortgage for the residence, which was located in Arkadelphia.
    According to Dickerson, arrangements can be made to send victims to shelters in nearby counties.
    "Victims can call a hotline or the police department to receive referrals to shelters in other locations near Clark County," said Dickerson.
    Nearby shelters and their contact information:
    • The Potter's Clay Women & Children in Crisis Shelter of Hot Springs
    Hotline: (501) 624-1366
    Email: pottersclaymin@sbcglobal.net
    • Domestic Violence Prevention and Sexual Assault Services of Texarkana
    Phone: (903) 794-4000
    Hotline: (903) 793-4357
    Email: csloan@dvptxk.org
    • Saline County Safe Haven, Inc. of Benton
    Phone: (501) 315-7233
    Hotline: (501) 315-7233
    Email: s.c.safehaven@sbcglobal.net
    Web: www.salinesafehaven.org
    • Women and Children First of Little Rock
    Phone: (501) 376-3219
    Hotline: 800-332-4443 Toll free
    Email:amcgraw@wcfarkansas.org
    Web: www.wcfarkansas.org
    • CASA (Committee Against Spouse Abuse) of Pine Bluff
    Phone: (870) 535-2955
    Hotline: (870) 535-0287
    Email: kap64@yahoo.com
    For a list of other nearby shelters, visit www.domesticpeace.com/shelters or call the Arkadelphia Police Department at 246-4545.

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