24 HOUR CRISIS LINE: 325-643-2699 OR TOLL FREE 888-313-2699
There are Several New Faces at The ARK
Program Director Mary Morrison and Sexual Assault/Legal Advocate Amanda Aguirre
Brownwood, Texas – October 22, 2015-There are several new faces at The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter (The ARK). One of those faces is Mary Morrison, Program Director. Morrison holds a BA from Howard Payne University in Social Services. Previously, she was working with Center for Life Resources. Morrison recently spoke at The ARK's candlelight Vigil in October as a domestic violence survivor. Her experiences give her a very real insight to dangers that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault face every day and help her know how to help those victims who come to The ARK.
"What I'd like to integrate into The ARK's program is to focus more on the individual needs of each client on a day by day basis." Morrison said. "From the day they come in, to the day they leave, they should be counseled daily to see what progress they are making."
Executive Director Terri Densman added, "We are very excited to have Mary added to our team. She not only brings compassion, she brings discipline and direction for the future. She is the best example there is of turning that dark moment in your life around and making your life count. We are lucky to have found her."
Another new face at The ARK is Amanda Aguirre, Sexual Assault and Legal Advocate. Aguirre has a background of working in an attorney's office which helps her to understand the role she will play as she accompanies victims of domestic violence and sexual assault into the courtroom as they face their abusers. She is also a mom, a model, and an active participant at the Lyric Theater.
Savannah Cox, while not a new face to The ARK, recently stepped up from the position of Sexual Assault/Legal Advocate to become The ARK's Community Education Coordinator. Cox has taken on the task of teaching the youth in our community the many aspects of domestic violence and sexual assault; how to recognize it, avoid it later in life, and how to stop it in our community. She also goes into clubs and organizations for training. Among her training tools are the WHO program, and the In Her Shoes programs.
Angela Ayers is also a new employee at the New Administration offices. She is the new receptionist. Among her many responsibilities are accepting donations, inputting data, and monitoring the hot line. Ayers and her husband recently moved here from the Midland area. There are also several new part time advocates. Among those are Elva Cantu, Kim Spruill, Cynthia Mays, and Elaine Young.
For more information about The ARK or the services provided by The ARK, please contact the ARK at 325-643-2699. You can also go online towww.arkshelter.org.
HELP VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
WHILE YOU SHOP!
Brownwood, Texas – April 9, 2015 - 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 tohttps://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. Put in The ARK and it will come up instantly.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 rewardsimmediatelytoward 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.