Dedication Service held at the Butterfly House
It was standing room only as the Butterfly House, a faith based transitional living center for women, opened its doors for a dedication ceremony and open house.
Danna Deaton, executive director, welcomed everyone. She shared the history of the Butterfly House and how it came about from a desire she had to help women.
She thanked many people who have worked beside her, never giving up and seeing an idea that started in 2010 become a reality.
She introduced the staff, the board of directors, and the first resident of the Butterfly House.
The Butterfly House is a safe place for women to live while transitioning back onto independent living.
Deaton welcomed Cindy Bell of Jonesboro, an artist who donated her creations of butterflies to the Butterfly House. She donated the paintings in memory of her mother MaryAnn McCarty who recently passed away. During her mother's last days Bell would ask her what color to paint the butterflies. For the dedication service Bell gave a painting of butterflies in a heart-shape with words of encouragement.
Ray Dill spoke briefly calling it an honor to be a part of the dedication.
"When God is in it, there is no stopping it," Dill said. "We will see lives changed. When we reach out to the broken, it's God's hand reaching out. This place has been set aside for a refuge. It is a shelter from danger and a place to rest."
Dill led in prayer asking for a special blessing on the Butterfly House.
Volunteers worked placing a privacy fence around the back yard of the home and Southworth employees created a prayer building in the back yard for the women to enjoy.
Several baked items were donated for a silent auction giving guests the opportunity to bid.
Board member Angie Master said donations will be taken for a Remington 870 pump shotgun to be given away Sept. 1. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Tickets are available from Aimee McLaughlin, Brandi Hurst, Jamie Murray, Angel Farmer, Jill Beach, Angie Master, Kim Kelley, Cody Willyard, Shelly Malloy, Robin Adams, Liz Hicks, Danna Deaton, Lauren Wallar at Me and My Sister/Merle Norman, and Roxanne Keiter.
Anyone who would like to make a tax deductible donation can do so at The Butterfly House, P.O. Box 1132, Manila 72442. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Deaton.
"We need partners in transformation," Deaton said "We call on our area churches and communities for support in helping these women."