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Butterfly House to get keys to new vehicle

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MANILA, AR (KAIT) -

The Butterfly House in Manila will soon be using a new vehicle to help their residents. 

It is a transitional living home for women coming out of prison or other treatment programs.

They currently do not have a company vehicle to transport residents, but with recent donations from people in Region 8, they will be able to get one.

The non-profit organization currently relies on the staff's personal vehicles to get the women to work, job interviews, court hearings and other appointments.

Recently, employees and volunteers feared using personal vehicles could become a problem because some don't have a large or reliable enough vehicle to transport the women to where they need to be.

With donations from the recent statewide Arkansas Gives event, the Butterfly House received enough money to buy a vehicle suitable for their transportation needs.

One of the residents who battled drug addiction, but did not want her name shared, said this small act of kindness gives her an even greater opportunity to succeed.

“This means maybe I can go and get my driver's license back real soon,” she said. “That's a plus, because it's just hard.”

Coty Willyerd, an employee at the Butterfly House, said they do not know when they will purchase the vehicle, but it will be soon.

Willyerd also said they operate completely on donations.

Anyone who wants to donate to the organization can visit their website here

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