Hope Rises serves as a reentry facility for women who have been incarcerated. After a needs assessment in 2013, Kim Roxburgh and Hope Rises realized there is a growing number of women being incarcerated, but not much to help them upon release. The gender specific program helps those women with reentry options. Hope Rises is a 6-month residential program that has daily programing and requires residents to work. One of the bigger successes from Hope Rises has been the Dandy Line Kitchen started by former resident Lindsey Gant. The kitchen is staffed by current Hope Rises residents and is a fresh, healthy, and affordable meal delivery service. The assistance that Hope Rises gives to Arkansas women released from incarceration makes them a natural fit for this month’s Spirit of Arkansas award.
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton is partnered with KATV Channel 7 to present the “Spirit of Arkansas Award.” The award is given to local charities doing exceptional work in the community. To be considered for the Spirit of Arkansas Award, a charity can apply here.