Several Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce representatives, government officials and supporters of the Ark’s Women’s Center were in attendance for a ribbon cutting ceremony officially announcing the center to the community.
The Ark’s Women Center can house up to 22 women who are transitioning from homelessness, addictions, or prison. The goal of the center is for the women to establish a spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ as they work to be self-sufficient.
The center will start off its first group with eight participants in the program. A waiting list has been established for the next group.
Jeff Peacock, the executive director of the Ark, credits the center’s quick establishment to Dothan businessman John Watson.
“This center has been a goal of ours for a while,” Peacock said. “The center was originally scheduled to open roughly three to five years down the road, however due to the generosity of John Watson, our vision become reality a lot sooner.”
The center will offer a 12-month program to women at the center. The program will consist of the women participating in a discipleship program which will provide the women a foundation in Jesus. During that time, the center will help the women get their GED (general education development diploma), attend mental health counseling, and engage in duties on campus.
“Once the women participating in the program get their GEDs and graduate from the program, we will then help them get a driver’s license, a job, or attend college,” Peacock said.
After graduating Tier 1, residents will be moved to private room and pay a small dorm fee of $108 per week.
“This allows the women time to save for a place of her own and a car if need be,” Peacock said. “We will also assist the women with budget planning and she will have a mentor assigned to her to assist in her progression through the program. Our main goal of this program is to build a foundation of Jesus Christ in the women. Then, it is our goal to make sure every woman who comes to center leaves being self sufficient. We want our residents to transform their lives, become independent and become contributing members of society.”
Peacock stated the center is always in need of donations and women toiletry items to assist the women coming into the program.
To make a monetary or supply donation, call 334-794-7223 or visit their website at www.THEARKDOTHAN.ORG.