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Carin Schoppmeyer: Peace at Home lauds leaders' courage

Survivors helped to start new lives by Carin Schoppmeyer | February 14, 2021 at 1:00 a.m.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Benjamin Meade and Jane Hunt Meade (from left), Sarah Johnson and Johnelle Hunt gather at the Peace at Home Courage Awards Luncheon on Oct. 11 at Mermaids Seafood Restaurant in Fayetteville. Jane was this year's Courage Award recipient.

Peace at Home Family Shelter leaders lauded two longtime volunteers and board members, KC Tucker and Sandy Sprouse, during their livestreamed Courage Awards event Feb. 5. Each has been involved for about a decade. The group gives the award "to honor individuals or groups who have shown fortitude, strength and dedication to empowering domestic violence survivors and their families."

Julianna Munden said regarding Tucker, a fellow board member, "not only do you exude courage, you promote it in others. "

Upon accepting the award, Tucker said she began volunteering with the shelter in law school. "I quickly learned how mission-centered, -focused and -driven they are -- everyone who works there has the goal of empowering victims of domestic violence." The shelter "makes it so our community is safer for everyone -- not just for survivors, but for our neighborhoods and community. We all benefit when folks are safe in their own home."

Sprouse said the staff and clients at Peace at Home are the courageous ones. "Every day we're working with those that have been living nightmares and see the courage it takes to leave there and come to the shelter."

Elaine Jackson, outreach and housing advocate, told backers about the group's Home Restored program that helps with costs such as deposits, first month's rent and utility signup. "Seeing them living in a house they can say is theirs, that is safe, that is peaceful, is truly inspiring ... When you help support Peace at Home, it's not just financial support; it's helping survivors start new lives."

Eva Terry, Peace at Home development director, says: "In 2020, Peace at Home provided:

• Safe shelter to 199 people escaping domestic violence -- 109 adults and 90 children.

• Housing assistance for 95 families to move into new, safe homes and 53 families to maintain their housing (providing almost $230,000 in direct housing assistance alone).

• Legal services to 358 families, including divorce and child custody representation and assistance obtaining orders of protection.

• Professional counseling services to 65 survivors of domestic violence trying to recover from the abuse they experienced.

• A listening ear and assistance to the 1,074 crisis calls through the hotline.

"In total, Peace at Home provided confidential and free support to help over 1,000 neighbors in our community flee domestic violence."

Jane Hunt Meade, longtime shelter supporter, gave a challenge gift of $25,000 during the streamed program. Jane Henderson, development coordinator, said Wednesday: "We are just shy of $2,000 from that goal. However, we have extended our match event, so we expect that by the end of the week, the Courage Awards and the challenge gift will have helped us raise $50,000 to support survivors of domestic violence through our programs."

Founded in 1977, Peace at Home Family Shelter was the first program in Arkansas to provide safe shelter for abused women and their children. Each year, the safe emergency shelter, crisis hotline, housing assistance, counseling and legal services empower hundreds of families to leave abuse and establish non-violent homes.

For more event photos -- nwadg.com/photos/society.

Columnist Carin Schoppmeyer can be reached by email at [email protected]

NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Clancy Walker (left) and Mandy Macke help support Peace at Home at the Courage Award Luncheon on Oct. 23 at Mermaids Seafood Restaurant in Fayetteville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Clancy Walker (left) and Mandy Macke help support Peace at Home at the Courage Award Luncheon on Oct. 23 at Mermaids Seafood Restaurant in Fayetteville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Steve and Melissa Rogers, Courage Award honoree, enjoy the Peace at Home luncheon Oct. 20.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Steve and Melissa Rogers, Courage Award honoree, enjoy the Peace at Home luncheon Oct. 20.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Sarah and Josh Marchant enjoy the Courage Awards luncheon where Sarah was the featured speaker Oct. 25 at Mermaids Seafood Restaurant in Fayetteville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Sarah and Josh Marchant enjoy the Courage Awards luncheon where Sarah was the featured speaker Oct. 25 at Mermaids Seafood Restaurant in Fayetteville.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Daniela Fernandez (center) is joined by her children Regina Capps and Diego Fernandez at the Courage Luncheon.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Daniela Fernandez (center) is joined by her children Regina Capps and Diego Fernandez at the Courage Luncheon.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Kianna Sarvestani (from left), Josie Bates, Julia Baird and Brooke Swilley, represent Courage Award honoree, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Rho Chapter, at the Peace at Home benefit.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Kianna Sarvestani (from left), Josie Bates, Julia Baird and Brooke Swilley, represent Courage Award honoree, Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Rho Chapter, at the Peace at Home benefit.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/JOCELYN MURPHY Jim Tucker (from left), Kirk and Cynthia Dupps, Jimmie Tucker, Holly Ertel and KC and Joe Tucker gather at the AFP luncheon Nov. 14. Kirk and Cynthia were presented this year's Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer award.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/JOCELYN MURPHY Jim Tucker (from left), Kirk and Cynthia Dupps, Jimmie Tucker, Holly Ertel and KC and Joe Tucker gather at the AFP luncheon Nov. 14. Kirk and Cynthia were presented this year's Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer award.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Vanessa Miller (from left), Gracie Ziegler, Beth Emmanuel, Sarah White, Megan Cuddy and Misty Bolton-Samuels, members of the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas attend the Courage Award Luncheon on Oct. 14.
NWA Democrat-Gazette/CARIN SCHOPPMEYER Vanessa Miller (from left), Gracie Ziegler, Beth Emmanuel, Sarah White, Megan Cuddy and Misty Bolton-Samuels, members of the Junior League of Northwest Arkansas attend the Courage Award Luncheon on Oct. 14.
Sandy and Doug Sprouse stand for a photo. Sandy was one of this year’s Peace at Home Courage Award recipients.

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Sandy and Doug Sprouse stand for a photo. Sandy was one of this year’s Peace at Home Courage Award recipients. (Courtesy photo)
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At a Glance

Courage Awards

Who: Peace at Home Family Shelter

What: Peace at Home supporters gathered online to honor KC Tucker and Sandy Sprouse, this year’s Courage Award recipients.

When: Feb. 5

Where: Online

Information: (479) 444-8310 or peaceathomeshelter.org

Get help: 24-hour Crisis Lines — (479) 442-9811 (local); (877) 442-9811 (toll free)

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