LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The story of former Razorback and current KARK 4 Today co-host D.J. Williams is one that’s known around the state. It was a domestic violence emergency that moved his family from Texas to Arkansas.
On March 15, D.J. is hosting his first-ever Day of Action benefiting a shelter like the one his family had to use.
Women and Children First is a shelter that’s making an impact.
“The women who come here are incredibly brave,” says the shelter’s Sarah Pollack.
Inside its four walls, women and children are being rescued from dangerous and sometimes deadly situations.
“Women and Children First is about empowering victims of domestic violence to get out of the situation that they are in,” she continues.
It’s a safe haven, and for up to 45 days, families can come stay in the 54-bed historic house in Little Rock.
“They are stepping out of a really desperate situation,” adds Pollack.
The stats show that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 7 men will be affected by domestic violence.
Women and Children First is focused on getting victims out of their situations. The shelter isn’t simply a place to lay your head. It’s also about making a better future.
“We provide emergency services, counseling, crisis intervention, safe shelter,” Pollack explains. “When they come here you can see their courage and their determination on making a new life and making a better life for them and their children.”
As a Day of Action approaches, Women and Children First is hoping a former Razorback with a past in domestic violence can prove to be a hope for those currently at the shelter.
“This is what you can be. This is not the end of your life. This is not your last chance. This is the beginning of something new and look at where you can go from here,” says Pollack.
Women and Children First is a shelter that’s hoping to help families close a dangerous door by opening a safe one.
D.J.’s Day of Action kicks off Tuesday morning on KARK 4 Today and continues throughout the day in every newscast.
We are asking you to help with monetary donations or by donating the following items at the listed Hanks Fine Furniture locations:
- Pillows & pillow cases
- Twin sheet sets
- Towels & washcloths
- Pots, pans, & utensils
- Umbrella strollers
- Pack N Plays
- High Chairs
- Dining booster seats
- Tide Pods
- Disinfecting wipes/spray
Dropoff at these Hanks Fine Furniture stores:
- Little Rock – 1000 S. Bowman, 72211
- North Little Rock – 5704 Warden Road, 72120
- Hot Springs – 3926 Central Avenue, 71913
- Conway – 800 Museum Road, 72032
- Searcy – 401 S Poplar St, 72143