Living in Northwest Arkansas, we are surrounded by some amazing companies that do a lot of business. Rausch Coleman Homes is in the business of construction. Harps is in the business of food. J. B. Hunt is in the business of transportation. Crumbl Cookies is in the business of making all of Northwest Arkansas gain weight (and we are so glad that they are making regular donations of their products to the Village).
What about the Village? Is non-profit or human services work our business? I do not believe that is the best way to describe what we do for women and children in crisis. Restoration Village is in the business of hope. We believe that our role in the lives of the women and children who we serve is to help heal their past wounds and transform their future. We see the amazing possibilities of what God can do in even the most desperate situations and circumstances.
We understand this business of hope to be the most important part of our identity. Specifically, we restore hope. It is a calling that we find inspiration for in the scriptures when Isaiah says that his mission is “to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve… to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair” (Isaiah 61:2-3). Just like Isaiah told a people without hope to hope again, we work to do the same for women and children in crisis.
Natalie Tibbs, Executive Director