On April 21, 2000, papers were filed to the state for The Pecan Valley Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Shelter as its official name. Through the years, the board of directors adopted the shorter name of The ARK for the shelter. The ARK stood for advocacy, respect and kindness. Folks in the three counties it served (Comanche, Brown and Coleman) referred to it simply as it The ARK. That has caused some confusion during the years, and made it difficult for some grant applications. Recently, the board made the decision to reapply to the state to officially change the name to The ARK Domestic Violence Shelter. The papers were filed on April 21, 2014, exactly 14 years to the day of the original application.
The ARK will still serve victims of sexual assault as well as domestic violence, but the shorter name makes it easier for lengthy applications. The ARK will continue to serve all three counties for both in-house shelter and for outreach services.
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