Resurrecting Robin: A Helping Hand

Katelyn Morrow, Reporter

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Finding the light in a bad situation 

Founded in 2006 by one of Blackman’s very own, Resurrecting Robin is a non-profit organization that provides support to local domestic violence shelters. They collect donations and accept new or unused items. This includes toiletries, school supplies, toys, and clothing.  

With the help and support of others they were able to achieve much in 2016. The accomplishments range from packing a truck with daily commodities and hosting a Totes of Hope drive in which they hand out totes full of essentials for the survivors.  

This is all made possible with the founder, Alli Arms. Inspired by her Aunt Robin, who was in an abusive marriage, Alli started Resurrecting Robin.  

“As I got older, I realized the impact those moments had on my life” stated Alli.  

After watching her aunt suffer for more than 20 years, Alli used being a part of The Blackman Voice to her advantage.  

“So, when I was a member of The Blackman Voice and looking for a community service project to engage the school in, Ms. Walker suggested the local domestic violence shelter through a series of events. One thing led to another, and the idea for Resurrecting Robin was conceived in 2006” stated Alli.  

Starting as a Christmas sponsorship that provided presents to women and children living in shelters, the organization has grown tremendously over the years. It started in Murfreesboro but eventually grew to cover Middle Tennessee. Along with growing the organization, they have also become more involved in events.  

“We also added volunteer events, emergency and scheduled supply drives, shelter renovations, and educational programs” stated Alli.  

After a 2-year hiatus from Resurrecting Robin to focus on her family, Alli and the organization have big plans for 2019. This includes spreading the word to more areas to help victims of domestic violence.  

“First, we look forward to expanding into other areas of the state to serve more shelters. From that, we hope to implement more educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and service projects as a result” stated Alli.  

There are numerous ways high schools can assist in helping this organization. Participating in the sponsorship programs and drives is one way. However, the best would be to apply one of their educational programs that teach about domestic violence.  

“One in 10 high school students are purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend. If schools educate students and raise awareness, then we can help lower that number drastically” states Alli.  

With the help of high schools and students, Resurrecting Robin can continue to grow and help the families involved in domestic violence build a new life.