H.A.V.E.N., Help for Abuse Victims in Emergency Need, will celebrate with its parent company, Counseling Associates, Inc., 25  years of providing aid to young girls in central Arkansas.

The groups will hold a reception at the Conway Country Club Thursday, Sept. 22 from 5-7 p.m.

Jenny Morse, H.A.V.E.N.’s executive director, said that the affair is a "drop-in" reception with hors d’oeuvres and a short program beginning at 6 p.m.

Counseling Associates Director Steve Newsom will speak, followed by Lou Strain, Counseling Associates operations director.

Finally, Netta Schultheis, former vice president of H.A.V.E.N. shelter board, will offer words on the group’s recent work and plans for the future of the H.A.V.E.N. house. 

For 25 years, the large home in Conway has housed as many as 12 girls at a time who have faced abuse, neglect or homelessness. 

"It’s unfortunate that a place like H.A.V.E.N. is needed. Unfortunately, the services are in demand. There is still a need for a safe place for young girls to find a home," said Morse. 

Attendance to Thursday’s reception is free of charge, and all are welcome. 

For more information, call 327-1701.

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