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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The ARK is Hosting 4 Separate Exhibits for the Empty Shoes Project
Brownwood, Texas – October 1, 2014 - The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter is setting up the Empty Shoes Exhibit in four cities this year to highlight October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. There will be exhibits throughout the month and a candlelight vigil to honor local victims that lost their lives to domestic violence. In addition, each day, one of the recent tweets from the campaign #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft will be posted each day on the ARK's Facebook page. Everyone is encouraged to wear the purple, the color of domestic violence, during the entire month.
The Empty Shoes Exhibit features shoes representing the 12 deaths attributed to domestic violence in Brown, Coleman and Comanche Counties within the past 20 years. Beside each pair of shoes is the victim's name and their story. In addition to remembering the victims, the exhibit sparks great emotions and brings awareness to the general public not to turn a blind eye to obvious domestic violence, but to speak up.
The Exhibit will begin on Monday, October 6th and run through Friday, October 31st. There is a separate exhibit for Brownwood, Comanche, Early and Coleman. Each week, the exhibit will move to a different location in each city. This Friday, the exhibits will be at Brownwood High School, Coleman Interbank, Comanche High School and Early High School. On Monday, October 13th, they will be at the Brownwood Courthouse, Coleman High School, Comanche Medical Center and Heartland Mall. On Monday, October 20th, they will be at Howard Payne University, the Coleman County Medical Center, Texas Bank and the Early Chamber of Commerce. The final week of October 27th, they will be at the Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Coleman Courthouse, Comanche chamber of Commerce and F & M Bank.
On Thursday evening, October 23rd, at Howard Payne University (just outside the Girling Center for Justice Building) beginning at 6:30 pm. there will be a candlelight vigil to honor and remember the victims. Two former victims of domestic violence will speak briefly. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this event.
The tweets from #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft campaign spontaneously emerged after the publicity arising from the very visual demonstration on TV of Football star Ray Rice knocking out his fiancé in a hotel elevator. Many of the comments were from former victims giving some insight into why they stayed in the relationship and why some of them left the relationship. The incident sparked public comment regarding domestic violence, which is very timely for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The ARK is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse and their families in Brown, Coleman and Comanche Counties. 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.
Standing from left to right behind the display for Empty Shoes is The ARK's advocate Alicia Robles and Executive Director Terri Densman.
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.