Healing Hearts Mother’s Day Project brings community together


In a world where we often hear about heartbreak and division, it's refreshing to witness a community coming together to heal and support one another. That's exactly what happened at the Healing Hearts Mother's Day Paint Project, which was held for the residents, staff, and volunteers of Options, Inc. Domestic Violence Shelter. Lisa Free Brown, Gay Pace, and Rose Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church sponsored the event.   

The event, held in memory of Monda McGriff Conner, brought together individuals from all walks of life for a night of painting and fellowship. Lisa Free Brown, a talented paint instructor, led participants in creating beautiful works of art while Gay Pace and the Rose Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church provided a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all.

On Mother's Day, residents enjoyed a delicious lunch at Bella Luna, sponsored by Union Bank of Monticello. The generosity of local businesses and individuals made the Healing Hearts Mother's Day Project one to remember.

The project's name, "Healing Hearts," is fitting. Psalm 147:3 says, "He heals the wounds of every shattered heart," and that's precisely what this event aimed to do. Through the power of community, individuals who may have been struggling with loss or heartbreak found comfort and support in the company of others.

The Healing Hearts Mother's Day Project serves as a reminder that we are all in this together. No matter our differences, we can come together to heal and support one another. Through events like these, we build stronger communities and show love and compassion to those who need it most.

As we reflect on Mother's Day, let's remember the importance of supporting and uplifting one another. We may not be able to heal all the wounds of a shattered heart, but together, we can make a difference.

Thank you to each person who helped with the Healing Hearts Mother's Day project. Currently, the Options shelter has four women and five children. Options Shelter serves seven counties: Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, Drew, Lincoln, and Union. It serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, teen dating violence, stalking, and homelessness.    

On average, it takes seven times to leave your abuser. 70 percent of women and 54 percent of men who have been physically or sexually abused or stalked by a dating partner first experienced abuse between the ages of 11 and 24.   

"The mission behind Healing Hearts is to keep our mother's light shining by sharing her favorite parts with the world while also loving and supporting others and being their biggest cheerleader,” Amanda Killingsworth said. “We ask for your prayers for those at the local shelter, and if you feel compelled to help support our cause, please reach out.”