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Crisis center for women opens in Conway
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CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - What was once a church in Conway, is now transformed into a place of refuge for women in need.

The Harbor Home in Conway had its grand opening on Sunday.

It is a former church repurposed into a crisis center for women. Sunday school rooms and a fellowship hall all turned into living quarters.

The goal of the crisis center is to be an alternative to going to prison, if approved by a judge, or a place to go after prison.

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I believe one of the greatest ways people can stay clean and sober is to find their purpose in life,
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said Dana Davin-Ward, the co-founder of the Harbor Home.

Davin-Ward used to help women in prison, and now she's helping them after.
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Several of them are the women that I ministered to in that prison, and now they've moved here to help with this mission.
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For Lauralise Hodges, this is her dream to work at the Harbor Home.

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My heart
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s desire is to put my heart around them and watch them as they get restoration just like I got,
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said Hodges.

Coming full circle, she's helping those who remind her of what she once was.


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I had been a crystal meth addict. I
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ve been in jail over and over again, 27 time felon.
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said Hodges.

When a change was obvious, she never looked back.

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I actually saw my daughter following in my footsteps. When I watched her walking up the sidewalk, shackled in handcuffs and shackled at her feet to face the judge, my heart broke. I knew I just had to do something,
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said Hodges.

Mandi Tanner is the house mom. She's recently off parole and 12 months sober.

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So it's easier for us to understand them, and it's easier for them to open up,
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said Tanner.

The founders are hopeful that this mission of helping those in need of assistance can turn into something much bigger.

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Build a building that will house another 20 women, and then we'd like to expand and also have a mens facility,
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said Davin-Ward.


The Harbor Home currently has four women living there, and they can hold at least four more for now.
The Harbor Home is also looking for churches across the state to partner with them.

If you're interested in volunteering or becoming a mentor for these women, you can contact Dana with the Harbor Home at (501) 940-7799.


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