New Year, New Hope For A Central Arkansas Woman

VILONIA, AR — A new year brings a new start for a Vilonia woman who’s more than ready to say goodbye to 2014. Last April’s tornado destroyed her family’s home, but not her faith.

Alexis Cauthen is beginning a new venture in the new year, it’s a faith-based business that will benefit families across the area. The daycare center on North Beryl Road is called Central Christian Academy of Vilonia. Each classroom is based on scripture. For example, a room Cauthen calls the Eagle Room is based off the bible verse Isaiah 40:31.

Things haven’t been the same in Vilonia since an E-F4 tornado tore apart the town last year. As you can imagine, the tragedy really impacted the children and Cauthen says many kids get frightened even when it’s just raining outside.

Cauthen said, “It’s something that’s going to take a lot of healing, a lot of nurturing to get them to where they feel safe. This is a place we wanted to be a refuge for these kids.”

Just a week before the tornado, Cauthen says she got approval for a business loan. The days, weeks and months following the tornado would be difficult as Cauthen worked on not only building a new business, but re-building her family’s home which was destroyed by the tornado.

She said, “My son’s Christmas wish was to be in the home on Christmas morning and we got to move in on the 23rd.”

In the end…everything came together with a new home and a new business in the new year. Cauthen says she’s blessed God helped to fulfill her family’s dreams and now she’s looking forward to filling the daycare classrooms with dozens of children.

There will be a ribbon cutting and open house at Central Christian Academy of Viliona tomorrow afternoon starting at 4:30. The business opens this Monday morning. There’s room for 120 children and spots are still available but filling up fast. Care is available for children ages 6 weeks to 5-years-old. There will also be before and after school programs for the older children.

For more information, you can email Cauthen at

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