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The Ark Premiers New Adopt-A-Room Program
Brownwood, Texas – August 19, 2014 - The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter has unveiled a new Adopt-A-Room Program. The program allows area individuals, businesses, groups or organizations to pool together resources and talent to update and renovate rooms within the shelter itself.
The program debuted in mid July, and within days, 4 of the 8 bedrooms up for adoption were taken. Mary Silver, Volunteer/Program Coordinator, and Christie Tongate, Program Director, adopted the first room. "This is a great way to contribute something meaningful to The ARK and have fun doing it." Silver remarked. "It doesn't have to cost a lot. You can always team up with a friend, like I did, or a group to make the purchases, and then join together to paint and put it all in place. For those who love to decorate, this is a great opportunity."
The renovation of the rooms is meant to refresh and update the rooms as well as to make them feel more like home. "When a victim and their family members are brought to the shelter, often they are demoralized, depressed and feeling hopeless." Tongate said. "We want the rooms to be bright and uplifting to start them on their road to healing."
The pair started with the purchase of some brightly colored bed comforters and worked around those colors to decorate the rest of the room. They painted the entire room a cool cucumber for a variation of the green in the comforter, and repainted the window sill, baseboards and desk a crisp white. The nightstands were painted a hot pink and a bead of white was added around the edge of the tables. A matching hot pink bed covering was found in the donations for the child's bed, and an old mirror found in donations was repainted white. A wall hanging over the child's bed gives it a sense of its own space, and some tissue paper flowers of green, pink and blue were hung above the bed for fun. An inspirational quote was placed directly on the wall. Three pictures, two framed and one on the desk, were created in photoshop with a quote on each. The generous donation of two twin mattresses and box springs raised the height of the bed and made them both more comfortable.
All together, the pair spent roughly $450 on purchased items and spent a few days painting.
To join the program, you can contact Mary Silver, at the ARK. She will give you the remaining floor plans of the rooms available, which will show you the dimensions of the room, the number and sizes of the beds, and the furniture in the rooms currently. You may opt to just do the basics of the room you choose, with matching bed coverings, curtains, rug, and wall art or you may also opt to purchase new furniture for your room.
This is a perfect opportunity for a family, a group or an organization to tackle. The planning of the room, the shopping and coordinating can be a lot of fun. "I'm hoping that we get some folks that aren't afraid to 'think outside the box' when it comes to making their room fun." Silver said. "While we need to keep it fairly simple, and stay away from knickknacks, we know we're going to see some really wonderful ideas in decor."
For more information about the ARK Shelter or the “Adopt-A-Room Program", you can go online to www.arkshelter.org. To speak to someone directly about the program, you may call the administrative offices of The ARK at 325-643-2699.
Want to Help the ARK while you shop?
Brownwood, Texas – July 23, 2014 - There are a couple of ways you can help, and you don't have to dig into your pockets to do it. The ARK will receive a percentage of everything you buy at Amanzon.com and also at Kroger's. It's easy to sign up. Just follow a few simle steps:
For Amazon.com, you will need to go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and sign up. You will need to choose your charity that you want money to go to, and we are in that list. Currently, it is still listed as Pecan Valley Regional Domestic Violence Shelter, but soon, it will be changed to The ARK Domestic Violence Shleter. Find us and click on us, and then you will be able to continue shopping with absolutely no difference. We will automatically get a percentage of your sale.
For Kroger, you will need to get a Kroger card. You can sign up for one online, or pick one up at the store.
Link your card at www.KrogerCommunityRewards.com.
· If you have an existing account, click on “Sign In”, otherwise click on “Create an Account”.
· If you are a new online customer:
o You will need to enter your email address, create a password, enter your zip code, click on favorite store, and agree to the terms and conditions.
o Once you are done entering your information you will get a message asking you to check your e-mail inbox and click on the link within the body of the e-mail that was sent to activate your Kroger account.
· Already have a Kroger.com account?
o Enter your email address and password and click on “Sign In”.
o Click on Community then on Community Rewards” then click on enroll now, complete personal information, click on save.
o Enter your organization’s number or name and then click on “Search”.
o Select your organization and click on “Save”.
o To verify that you enrolled correctly, you will see your organizations name on the right side of your account settings page.
o Once you are linked, you can start earning rewards immediately toward the organization you are supporting. (Note: The message saying that you are supporting an organization through the Kroger Community Rewards program will start printing on your receipt about 10 business days after you linked your card.)
This is important! Our number to put into the form is 83821.
Then you just use your card as usual every time you shop.
The ARK is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse and their families in Brown, Coleman and Comanche Counties. It is a pet friendly shelter so that victims may also bring their pets with them when they come. The phone number to call for help is 325-643-2699. For more information about the ARK Shelter, you can go online to www.arkshelter.org.