Women & Children First is proud to announce their First Annual Community Partner of the Year. This award will be presented annually to an organization, group, or business that constantly goes above and beyond in their partnership with WCF. The recipient of the inaugural award is Two Men and A Truck Little Rock. The award was presented to Arthur May, General Manager and Bethany Kay, Office Manager.
Two Men and A Truck has been partnering with WCF for many years to ensure that women who have been victims of domestic violence have a way to move into safe housing. In an ongoing partnership, Two Men And A Truck provides two moves per month, free of cost, to assist women who are graduating from the shelter move into their new home. While this service in and of itself is wonderful and extremely helpful, their partnership does not stop there.
“There have been several times when I have to call them on short notice, due to an emergency situation or our guests not knowing their official move date,” said Luciana Ridgel, WCF’s Community Housing Advocate. “Bethany Kay, the office manager, is always able to get us in and is so polite and helpful every time I talk to her.” Besides providing emergency moves and working with WCF’s short notices, the movers go out of their way to help the guests during the moving process. James Allen, Stacey Andrews, and Ty Johnson often help pack up items that weren’t packed or on the moving list, and then stay and set up furniture for the guests at their new homes. “I have witnessed these guys do the extra work on several occasions. They’ll work long hours on jobs that were supposed to be quick, and never once have complained about the extended time,” Ridgel said. The WCF guests notice it too – several of the guests who have moved have mentioned to Ridgel how professional, kind, and generous the movers are. The guests know that Two Men and A Truck are taking those extra steps to ensure their new homes are set up, comfortable, and safe – a gesture that is not overlooked.
Arthur May says his company is happy to help out and give back to the community. “We all have a mom, we all have a grandmother,” he said. “We treat our clients as if we are moving our own grandmothers, and know that we want to give the best service. Our movers know about the situation that the clients from WCF may be facing and we want to do our best to help them and make that a little easier.”
Year after year, Two Men and A Truck has been quietly helping WCF. Their staff is extremely professional, friendly, and great to work with. With their help, so many women have been able to move into safe housing, which gives the women a chance to break the cycle of violence. Women & Children First is so thankful for their continued support and partnership and is grateful that Two Men and A Truck choose to take a stand against domestic violence.
Photos: Top - Sarah Pollack, WCF Development Director; Angela McGraw, WCF Executive Director; Arthur May, Two Men And A Truck Little Rock General Manager; Bethany May, Two Men And A Truck Office Manager
Middle: Arthur May
Bottom: Angela McGraw, Arthur May, Sarah Pollack