In 2007, Arkansas was 4th highest in the nation for domestic violence. As a result, a group of concerned citizens from every aspect of society, consisting of residents from Columbia County and the surrounding area, felt led to establish an organization that would provide support services for those in need while the recipients of these services worked to obtain their own independence from the issues that were preventing them from living a more purposeful and healthy lifestyle. As a part of that organization, the Living Water Domestic Violence Shelter was implemented in order to provide advocacy for victims of domestic violence.
The Living Water Domestic Violence Shelter became a reality in 2010. It is an 18 bed shelter and only one of two in the state of Arkansas that is 100% wheelchair accessible. We usually average about 16 crisis calls a month. We also provide outreach services through support groups, food and clothing for the needy, and referrals to other agencies. We have a small paid staff but most of the work is done by volunteers alone.