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Shelter becomes safe house for women

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Mission Outreach has become a safe house for women who are fleeing a violent home.

"Many of them just battered beyond recognition," said Executive Director Jamie Collins.

 When it comes to women who have left a violent home, they make it a point to help them find safety.

 "Well the first thing we want to establish is whether or not Mission Outreach is truly going to be a safe place for them," Collins said.

 If not their shelter, they work with other agencies who can take them in.

 "We are real close with the Women's Crisis Center, they work with us every day so we like to network and collaborate with them," Collins said.

 Sometimes when it comes to protecting women, they choose to take them in, even if they're over capacity.

 "Here lately domestic violence has so increased, we have found ourselves taking over flow," Collins said.

 In many cases, it's not only the women they have to protect.

 "It's a family issue and even though the child may not have received the bruise, he still saw the abuse and he's still harmed," Collins said.

 The shelter does their part to work with the women. Hoping to keep them safe and getting them where they need to be with the help of others who volunteer their time.

 "They began to be a healthy emotional support system," Collins said.

 With the increase in residents, Collins said they are in need of couches. They are also always looking for support teams to help both male and female residents. For information on how you can help call (870) 236-8080.

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