Back­ers aim for ad­vo­cacy

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OUR TOWN -

Restora­tion Vil­lage will host the sec­ond an­nual “AIM for Ad­vo­cacy” sport­ing clays fundraiser Aug. 26 at Spring Val­ley An­glers Rod & Gun Club in Gravette.

Pro­ceeds from the out­ing will help the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ful­fill its mis­sion “to re­store the lives of women — and women with chil­dren — in cri­sis through safe shel­ter and life-chang­ing ser­vices, while pro­mot­ing sta­bil­ity, dig­nity and self-re­liance.”

Reg­is­tra­tion for the 10-sta­tion course is $140 per shooter. Spon­sor­ships are avail­able from $10,000 — for pre­sent­ing spon­sor — to $250.

Cynthia Cochran, Restora­tion Vil­lage de­vel­op­ment direc­tor, said the av­er­age stay in the vil­lage is about eight months. Dur­ing that time, res­i­dents work with coun­selors and ad­vo­cates to de­velop

goal plans that in­clude spe­cific life and ther­a­peu­tic goals. While each case is unique, the end goal for most res­i­dents in­cludes in­de­pen­dent, self-suf­fi­cient liv­ing, Cochran said.

Of­fer­ings in­clude coun­sel­ing for women and their chil­dren — in­clud­ing equine-as­sisted ther­apy and life-skills train­ing, such as money man­age­ment

and bud­get­ing, and learn­ing about healthy re­la­tion­ships and healthy eat­ing.

Cochran said 88 per­cent of fund­ing comes from in­di­vid­u­als,

or­ga­ni­za­tions and clubs and busi­nesses, 5 per­cent from United Way and 4 per­cent from grants.


A Restora­tion Vil­lage vol­un­teer leads a res­i­dent and her daugh­ter in equine ther­apy. “AIM for Ad­vo­cacy” sport­ing clays fundraiser Aug. 26 will ben­e­fit the non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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