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Community Matters: Helping Women in Need

A new non profit in Faulkner County is aiming to build a place where women can escape life on the streets.
CONWAY, AR -- A new non profit in Faulkner County is aiming to build a place where women can escape life on the streets.

It was started by someone who knows all too well what the women are going through.

"We ask that more donors would come," Suzanne Gonzalez said in prayer, holding hands with about a dozen other people.

"The goal is to get these women stable and living in a more productive life," said Gonzalez.

Six months ago, Gonzalez started a non profit that aims to get homeless, drug addicted women off the streets.

They are women going through what she did for 30 years.

"I had nowhere to go," she explained.  "I had no sober friends."

Two years ago, Gonzalez says she stumbled into a local church and has been clean ever since.

"I feel like it's enabled me to be able to talk to the women and sit down with them and understand their needs," she said.

The non-profit she started called S.T.A.N.D. gives women a place to live, offers G.E.D. classes and introduces them to Christianity.

S.T.A.N.D. recently received a donation of six trailers in Conway and teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Faulkner County to restore them. 

"With new construction we help one family, but doing things like this we can help 50 or more," explained Shenel Sandidge, HHFC's executive director.

That's how many women Gonzalez hopes to have living in the trailers when the project is finished.

It's an amazing turnaround for a woman who not too long ago was living the life she's now working to pull women out of.

Gonzalez says they still need more donations to complete the project in Conway.  If you want to find out how you can help, contact the HHFC by clicking here.

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