Little Rock (KATV) — An upcoming fundraiser will raise funds for transitions homes being built in Saline County for victims of domestic violence.
Wowapalooza will take place Friday Oct. 7th at the Arkansas Governor's Mansion. There is also an online auction where anyone can bid. The event raises funds for Women's Own Worth, a local organization that empowers victims of domestic violence and survivors of violent crime through supportive self-worth opportunities. The organization connects survivors to a statewide network of services helping promote sustainability and independence. Often those leaving abusive situations leave with nothing.
Women's Own Worth founder Jajuan Archer says they don't receive any federal or state funding. All the help they provide for victims of violent crimes comes from donors. Half of the funding from Wowapalooza will go directly to the transition homes for victims of domestic violence.
"This house has been built by everyone who has given from day one,” Archer said.
For victims of domestic violence, the house is just a small representation of what Women’s Own Worth does every day.
"We founded Women's Own Worth mainly to help with mental health therapy, but it's blossomed into so much more. We've given cars, we get furniture for people, we've helped with dental care. We've had people whose teeth have gotten knocked out by their abuser and we've gotten them full dental restoration,” Archer said.
Building and restoring a victim's whole self, reminding them of their worth.
"It doesn't matter what somebody else thinks. We have to know our worth before we help others,” Archer said.
As construction nears completion, the duplex will be a place for victims to build a new life.
To find out more about the event or participate in the online auction, you can go to WomensOwnWorth.com.