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Renie Rule, staying true to her love of social work, learned the ropes of development and administration in the nonprofit world. She's volunteered, fundraised or served on the board of some of the area's most well-known groups, including Wildwood Park for the Arts, Youth Home, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Centers for Youth and Families, Paws in Prison, Arkansas Hospice, Restore Hope, and more.
"I'm just fascinated with nonprofits, how they work, how they stay on mission, how they get things done," Rule says. "Even if I'm looking at it from afar, I still want to dig into it and find out how it ticks.
On Rule's desk sits a small, silver bar inscribed with a question that no doubt feeds her propensity toward fascination and curiosity. It reads: What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Rule said, "For the longest time I was convinced that if you walked into doing something full time, it would lose its magic. It hasn't to date, and I hope I'm here doing these things for a long, long time."
Some Information on a few of Rule’s Non-Profits:
Restore Hope serves 2000 families per year, decreasing homelessness for 30% of those families, increasing full time employment 20% and assisting 25% to attain their GED certification. Restore Hope is a 501 c3 created in 2016 by Governor Hutchinson to address re-division, reduce incarceration and reduce the number of children in foster care. Their approach has had positive results due to the collective impact philosophy in communities to approach all families in a wholistic manner i.e. education, jobs, counseling, parenting, and addiction assistance.
Arkansas Hospice Rule's introduction to Arkansas Hospice was a personal one. When her mother was placed in hospice care, Rule plunged into a world she knew little about, but a world that would change the trajectory of her life in more than a few ways. According to Rule, the most common misconception is that caregivers often believe they should put off hospice care until the last few weeks of a loved one's life. A patient can be considered hospice appropriate when symptoms indicate a possible six-month window before death. Through her work with the nonprofit's foundation, Rule's team is able to add a little brightness to their patients' final days.
Paws in Prison The concept is simple — inmates rehabilitating shelter dogs. Through ADC partnerships with rescue organizations, dogs will often enter the program mere days before euthanasia. The dogs then learn basic obedience skills and proper socialization from select inmate trainers before being adopted into new families. According to the ADC, since the implementation of Paws in Prison, the program has positively impacted daily interactions between inmates and employees, while providing marketable skills to help inmates re-enter society in the future. To date, Paws in Prison has rehabilitated more than 1,200 dogs through programs in nine prisons across the state, including women's facilities.
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