When women and their children are in crisis in central Arkansas they need somewhere safe to turn. The Dorcas House in Little Rock is a safety net for many women. As a part of the Union Rescue Mission, the Dorcas House is a faith-based shelter for women trapped in domestic violence situations as well as drug and alcohol addictions. After women go through the program at the Dorcas House most escape the problems that drove them to the Dorcas House doors to begin with. Because of the work the Dorcas House is doing to protect and rehabilitate the women of central Arkansas, they are being honored as a recipient of the Victory Over Violence Difference Maker Award.
The domestic violence program is a 9 month program overseen by licensed therapists. The program addresses the deep pain through individual education, counseling, and group therapy. The Dorcas House does a tremendous job getting past surface level issues and dives into real issues many women are dealing with that include childhood abuse, depression, and co-dependence. Working with the women is not all they do. Dorcas House also works with law enforcement and the courts to ensure the continued protection of women in their care.
The other 9 month program the Dorcas House offers is for drug and alcohol recovery. There are many classes and paths they use to help overcome an addiction, each is tailored to an individual’s needs. The goal of the program is for women to receive overall healing physically, mentally, emotionally, and above all, spiritually.