CASA Women's Shelter expect its new facility to be completed in April 2012.

CASA Women’s Shelter expect its new facility to be completed in April 2012.

The center is the recipient of a $3.6 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation for construction of the new, 14,265 square foot facility.

The new building will double the bed space and will include a two-chair beauty salon — the only center in the state with a salon. The grant money also includes all equipment and furnishings for CASA, said the center’s executive director, Karen Palmer.

Support services will also double, she said, and will include a planned support group for teens, a growing segment of the female population experiencing domestic violence.

There is no state funding for CASA., Palmer said, and the center’s operation depends entirely on grants and donations from groups and individuals — many of whom are “the wonderful, generous people of Pine Bluff.”

The center is staffed 24/7 and the crisis line (870-535-0287) is answered by “a trained, live person” around the clock.

In cooperation with four other shelters, CASA is participating in the “Brave Woman” campaign. The website is, where “we recognize their bravery and let them know they have options.”

Details: Call 535-2955 or visit their website at