Winn Parish Rural Office
The Winn Parish DART Office opened in October, 2012. Since that time, Winn Parish has served 52 survivors of domestic violence in that parish. Stacey Rachal, the newest member of the DART Team, became the Winn Parish Rural Advocate in August, 2014. Ms. Rachal provides counseling, advocacy, referrals and various support services to survivors, participates in public speaking events at churches and schools, and works on meaningful collaboration with other organizations throughout the community.
The Rural Advocate at that time, Maxie Monroe, held an event called “Pushing Forward Past the Pain.” Members of the Coordinated Community Response Team (CCRT) for the Winn Parish DART Office participated in this stirring ceremony, offering music and poetry to help honor lives lost to domestic violence in our community. Balloons were launched at the end of the ceremony in remembrance of each individual represented in DART’s Silent Witnesses Display.
This year, the Winn Parish Office participated in DART’s annual Radiothon fundraising efforts by holding a parish-wide garage sale at the Farmer’s Market in Winn Parish. CCRT members, the Sheriff’s Department, Winn Parish Police Jury, Pine Belt Community Action, and various church, business, and civic groups helped to make the garage sale a success. Funds raised will remain in Winn Parish to aid local survivors of domestic violence.
GRANT PARISH RURAL OFFICE
DART opened an office in Grant Parish in October, 2012. Since that time, 23 survivors have been served at the Grant Parish Rural Office. At the time this office opened, longtime DART employee Debra Faircloth left the Ruston office to return to her hometown in Grant Parish and begin offering Domestic violence services there. After Ms. Faircloth left DART for another position, Amanda P. White became a member of the DART family. Since joining DART in May, 2014, the Grant Parish native and Colfax resident has been busy promoting DART in her parish. This includes serving and supporting domestic violence survivors through help with protective orders, court appearances, counseling, networking, and other forms of advocacy. Ms. White has also been busy bringing increased awareness to impact of this issue on families and communities, and recruiting strong men and women to stand up and address the alarming presence of domestic and dating violence in Grant Parish.
Ms. White has represented DART and spoken to groups at many events, including the Colfax City-wide Garage Sale, the Grant Parish Healthy Initiatives Coalition, the Colfax Juneteenth Celebration, and the Grant Parish Ministerial Alliance. At the July 12th meeting of Grant Parish Ministerial Alliance, President Kendall Francois accepted the challenge to bring together Grant’s first Men Standing Strong Team. This campaign, begun in Lincoln Parish in 2013, provides powerful and influential role models of men who are willing to publicly oppose domestic violence. The Minister Alliance has also committed to helping sponsor the Grant Parish Candlelight Vigil during October, 2014.