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Bentonville Shelter 20th Anniversary Celebration

September 14, 2017

“Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change.”

-Max Carver

(Bentonville, AR) 20 years ago, there was a need. Northwest Arkansas was growing, as companies like Walmart, Tyson and J.B. Hunt pushed the economy forward. Bentonville, AR, a once small community, began to see unparalleled growth.

But not all felt this swell of positive change. As the general population increased, so did homelessness. And there was no refuge for them. The community saw this need, and through the work of The Salvation Army and local partners, a plan was born to build an emergency crisis shelter in Benton County. In September of 1997, the shelter was officially opened to the public, dedicated in honor of Pat and Willard Walker, visionary philanthropists in Northwest Arkansas and strong supporters of The Salvation Army’s work.

20 years later, the community comes together to celebrate the immense impact made in the lives of the hurting and broken through the work of The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter in Bentonville. In the past decade alone, the shelter has provided 75,982 nights of housing to over 7,600 guests, and it continues to meet needs in the community each day.

Mayor Bob McCaslin of Bentonville opened the ceremony Wednesday, September 6th with an invocation, giving thanks to God for the refuge The Salvation Army provides to those in need in Northwest Arkansas. Mayor of Bentonville, since 2006, Bob McCaslin has seen the work of the Bentonville Emergency Shelter in action in his community for over a decade.

Following the invocation, the Bentonville Chamber of Commerce performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony as Captain Joshua Robinett rededicated the Bentonville Shelter to the work of the Lord in Northwest Arkansas.

Attendees were then taken on a tour of the building. They saw where the men congregate to play games and watch TV before heading to their assigned bunks in the dorm room. They toured each family room, walls lined with beds and cribs, that have lulled so many children experiencing trauma to sleep. They got to touch the books, toys, and desks where students work on their homework and play with their siblings, trying to forget the hardships they have endured. Each shelter guest who comes through the doors holds a unique story, but all are seeking refuge. Providing the community with the opportunity to see, hear, and feel those hardships personally as they walk room to room cultivates compassion. And compassion is a catalyst that begs one not just watch need pass by, but rather, inspires action and compels change.

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20 years ago, a need was met in the community of Northwest Arkansas. And needs continue to be met every day. Therefore, “we rededicate this Salvation Army Emergency Shelter for the service of God, the communities of Northwest Arkansas, and those in the greatest need.  May it continue to be a beacon of hope and healing to the vulnerable and hurting for many years to come.” -Captain Joshua Robinett. May it always be a place that sparks empathy to act, and action to make a difference.

Women & Family Dorms Spruce

May 30, 2017

The big reveal is finally here, and we are so excited to show off our newly renovated spaces! We have a few thank-you’s that we want to make before we show it off.

  1. Our Women’s Auxiliary did a wonderful job at the annual NWA Boutique Show this past year and raised over $11,000!! The largest portion of our renovation budget was provided by them.
  2. Genesis Church- They have been the best partners we could ask for, and this renovation is no exception! They gave time, money and supplies to make it happen. Thanks for painting our walls, providing our ceiling tiles, paying for the flooring and more!
  3. Carpet One- The team at Carpet One did a lovely job laying our new flooring. Really, it is like a whole new space in there.

And nowwwww… the REVEAL!!

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–Before–

Women’s Dorm

Women’s Dorm

Family Dorm

Family Dorm- bathroom

Women’s Dorm- the progress

Genesis Church helpers

Fabulous new flooring from Carpet One

–After–

Women’s Auxiliary Members in the Family Dorm

Women’s Dorm- bathroom

Family dorm and child’s welcome kit

Family Dorm- bathroom

Thank you, thank you to everyone who made this possible!
We are a happier, homier shelter because of your generosity.

National Salvation Army Week Donut Deliveries

May 15, 2017

IT’S NATIONAL SALVATION ARMY WEEK!!!

In May of 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the United Stated Congress proclaimed the first National Salvation Army Week, as a reminder to Americans to give freely of themselves.

In honor of that spirit of giving, this year for National Salvation Army Week, we wanted to celebrate those in the community who give so much to The Salvation Army each year! We are grateful for their time, gifts and services to us and to this community.

With National Donut Day right around the corner (June 2nd), we thought a few dozen tasty treats would be a great way to say thanks! Don’t know about The Salvation Army’s history with Donut Day? Read here!

Additionally, we will have sales running at our thrift stores ALL WEEK! 50% off summer items, 40% off furniture- check out the sales HERE!

We had such a blast running all over NWA this morning with donuts from Bradley’s in Farmington. See the donut drops we made to all the great partners we have in this community below!

Getting the goodies ready! Thanks, Bradley’s Donuts in Farmington for the discounted price!

Fayetteville Police Department

Bentonville Police Department

Legacy National Bank- our Angel Tree partners!

Bentonville Fire Dept- thanks for answering our Bentonville Shelter calls

Bolt and Screw Supply

Springdale Fire Department

Rogers Fire Department

Benton Country Sheriff’s Office- they are some pretty good bell ringers!

Tyson Corporate Affairs Team- we are so grateful for all the food donations you all give throughout the year!

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Rogers Police Department

JBU Founder’s Day

April 18, 2017

It was such an honor to join together with John Brown University for their annual Founder’s Day celebration this past week, commemorating the rich history that joins our two institutions. Founded in 1919 by John E. Brown, JBU celebrates their 98th anniversary this year and honors the birthday of their founder through this annual celebration.

Major Dan Matthews (Area Commander) and John Brown III (Former Chancellor of JBU, grandson to John E. Brown)

But what is that rich heritage we share, you may wonder? It was through the ministry of The Salvation Army that John Brown came to know Christ. Brown attributes The Salvation Army with his conversion after they put on a revival meeting May 15, 1897 in Rogers, Arkansas.

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After a long day at work, Brown was at a café with some friends when he heard the beating drum of The Salvation Army minister calling those in the city to his open-air meeting. Though not the first time he had heard this summons, that night, Brown was intrigued and followed the minister. Brown would later recall:

“…on the night of May 15, 1897, I made the decision that has so wonderfully changed my life. I am lost in wonder, and to this day, I cannot explain nor do I understand the wonderful workings of God.”

After, Brown not only joined The Salvation Army as a staff worker but moved to Siloam Springs, where he set up an outpost. Brown later left his post with The Salvation Army to pursue full-time, traveling evangelism, and would eventually come to found Southwestern Collegiate Institute – what is now known as John Brown University.

Through the years, this institution has impacted thousands of young lives and multiplied the message of the gospel. It is this foundational groundwork that the present-day members of The Salvation Army of NWA and John Brown University celebrated.

Dr. Kim Hadley (JBU, VP of Finance and Administration), Major Michelle and Cpt. John Robbins (The Salvation Army, Springdale), John Brown III (JBU, Former Chancellor and grandson of founder), Majors Dan and Mary Matthews (The Salvation Army, NWA Area Commanders), Dr. Ed Ericson (JBU, VP for Academic Affairs)

Major Dan Matthews and John Brown III spoke for the student body at the chapel assembly followed by a short reception. We were able to present this print to the university, an image of William Booth (founder of The Salvation Army) in his early ministry, in honor of the evangelistic work of John E. Brown’s early years of ministry.

“We are so grateful for the mission of JBU and for the crucial role that The Salvation Army was able to play early in John E. Brown’s life. God’s work is always multiplied- he causes it to remain”. -Major Dan Matthews

We truly believe that God worked through The Salvation Army to mold a young John E. Brown, who would later help mold the hearts and minds of thousands of young men and women through John Brown University.

Volunteer Luncheon 2017

April 10, 2017

Once again, we had an incredible time thanking our amazing volunteers and honoring them for their work with us this past year!!

Whether bell ringing, serving meals, putting on a food drive, helping with Angel Tree, working in our thrift store or giving back in a myriad of other ways- we are grateful for their service. Our volunteers truly do MULTIPLY our services in NWA- we could not do our work without them.

Check out pictures from the event below along with this year’s award recipients!

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KETTLE AWARDS

Top Individual Bell Ringer, Fayetteville Amy Bain
Top Group Bell Ringer, Fayetteville Holiday Island Community Church
Top Individual Bell Ringer, Springdale John Tackel
Top Group Bell Ringer, Springdale J.B Hunt Transport, Inc.
Top Individual Bell Ringer, Rogers Aubrey Patterson
Top Group Bell Ringer, Rogers J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.


COMMUNITY AWARDS

Angel Tree Partner of the Year | Legacy National Bank

Angel Tree Partner of the Year is awarded to an individual or group who goes above and beyond during the Christmas Season to ensure that the Angel Tree Program is a success. Whether through volunteerism, donation of resources, or angel adoption, this award recipient is caring for the under-served children in our community. This year’s Angel Tree Partner of the Year award goes to Legacy National Bank. Their team gave extensive hours to aiding with the application process, volunteered at the warehouse, and have begun creating a curriculum for financial classes to be offered for our Angel Tree families. Their partnership has blessed our program, and we know it will continue to do so.

Community Resource Award | Razorback Food Recovery

The Community Resource Award is presented to an individual or group who chooses to support The Salvation Army with a unique resource necessary to the success of our programs. Last year alone, our varying programs and services provided 88,000 meals in Northwest Arkansas, which would not be possible without generous donors. However, this past year, we had the blessing of connecting with a very special organization dedicated to reducing food waste and ending hunger in Northwest Arkansas, Last year alone, they rescued and donated 10,471 pounds of food to our Fayetteville Shelter. We are so grateful for Razorback Food Recovery and are thrilled to present them with this year’s Community Resource Award.

Community Partner Award | Kevin Fitzpatrick

The Community Partner Award is presented to an individual or group that has shown great support through volunteerism, financial gifts, and the unique meeting of needs throughout the year. This year, we are thrilled to present the Community Partner Award to Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick. Dr. Fitzpatrick in an incredible mobilizer to others in our community, desiring that Northwest Arkansas better understand the issues of homelessness and poverty. His research provides much-needed data to help non-profits like us more effectively serve our clients. He is constantly finding groups to come serve with us and spreading our message. We are grateful for his work in this community and his support!

Volunteer Individual of the Year | The VanSlooten Family

The Volunteer Individual of the Year Award is presented each year to one individual or family who has shone in their commitment and service to The Salvation Army. This year, we are proud to honor the VanSlooten Family. They are a wonderful family, committed to service and always willing to go above and beyond. They serve meals consistently: we know we can count on them to be there. They encouraged their church to adopt one of the family rooms in our shelter, and their son Andrew painted the men’s dorm for his scout project. Andrew gathered his family, school friends, and church to help with the project, and the Scouts purchased all the supplies for painting including the paint. We are so grateful for all the ways they have served our Bentonville Shelter this year.

Volunteer Group of the Year | First Christian Church and Waterway

Our final award will be presented to the Volunteer Group of the Year. This award is given to a group that has given an incredible number of hours to The Salvation Army, enabling us to better serve this community because of their continued commitment. This year’s recipients have continually reached out, asking to serve us and fulfill needs that arise.  They have served meals, brought much-needed supplies like food, coffee, laundry detergent and more. They have been a welcome part of our serving family and so committed to helping the homeless in Benton County. A huge thank you and congratulations to First Christian Church & Waterway for your commitment and service this past year!

The Angel Tree and Red Kettle Round-Up

January 4, 2017

HAPPY 2017, NORTHWEST ARKANSAS!!

The Christmas Season has finally wrapped up and the New Year is underway!! And we think the best way to celebrate the New Year is by reflecting on all the joys of last year. 2016 was an incredible year for The Salvation Army, and it was only made possible by this community!! So for that, we thank you!

Now, we know you all have been wondering- just how much did the Kettles raise this year?? And how many angels were adopted through the Angel Tree program? Well, DRUMROLLLLL…. because we are thrilled to tell!


RED KETTLES

Because of your generosity (and some pretty awesome bell ringers^^^), we were able to raise $343,952 across Northwest Arkansas this year!! So thank you, thank YOU for giving. We are truly so grateful. Curious as to where the money goes after the Kettle? You can see how we use the money throughout the year >>> HERE!

Check out some of our favorite moments from the bell ringing season!

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Selfie with a cop made its debut this year from the Benton County Sheriff Department!

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Our very own bell ringer Gary Shipley had an article published on his banjo playing!

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JB Hunt competed for a week to raise over $7,500 for The Salvation Army!!

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Sometimes ringing is so fun, you have to bring 15 friends to one Kettle!

ANGEL TREE

Many of you gave in a different way this Christmas Season- you gave to the Angel Tree!! And once again we had an AMAZING year!! Every single child was adopted by our community and corporate donors this year- Woo!! Way to go, Northwest Arkansas!

We were able to serve 2,113 children this year, because of your generosity! That’s over 750 families who had Christmas gifts under the tree and a Christmas meal on the table.

Here are some of our favorite Angel Tree moments of the season!!

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We filled a warehouse as long as a football field with gifts you generously provided!

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Jim’s Razorback Pizza provided some awesome food for our volunteers.

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Tyson, The Pack Shack, Schmieding Produce, and Arkansas Egg Company provided meals for our angel families.

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These cute kiddos donated over 400 pairs of socks at Folsom Elementary school to help those in need.

THANK YOU, NORTHWEST ARKANSAS!!

Free Haircuts for Doing Good

September 8, 2016

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Mrs. Joann is a beautiful lady with lots of spunk and plenty of love for her neighbors in South Fayetteville. She is the owner of Joann’s Barber Shop, and she has chosen to give back in a unique way to this community.

She gives free haircuts to the men going through our addiction recovery program!

She encourages them to keep doing good in their lives- that’s all the payment she needs for her hair-cutting services.

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“If everyone would choose to be kind, there’d be a lot more good in the world”, says Mrs. Joann.

And she is choosing to make good with her gifts! Each and every guy going through our 6 month alcohol and drug recovery program is able to walk over to her shop anytime for a free cut. Mrs. Joann attended Barber School in Oklahoma City when she was 17 years old and has been cutting hair ever since!

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Gary met Mrs. Joann for the first time when he walked over from the shelter to get his haircut. After getting his cut, he asked her how much he owed. “Nothing for you was her answer”, says Gary. “She just wanted me to keep doing good in the program.”

A big thanks to Mrs. Joanna for using her gift to make a difference!! You can visit her and her beautician Adam on S School in Fayetteville for an awesome haircut and a friendly hello!

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Family Room Adopted by Local Church

August 1, 2016

The Neighborhood Church in Bentonville seeks to make an impact in their community and in their neighborhood everyday. And what better way to reach the neighborhood than to connect with the homeless shelter right down the street from your new building location!? That’s how we got connected to this amazing group of people-they reached out, they asked to be a part, and then they came!

“At the end of the service, we often say ‘the worship is over, but the service is not’. We want to be present in our community and to impact lives.” Cheryl and Colleen, The Neighborhood Church

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The Neighborhood Church adopted one of our three family rooms at the Bentonville Shelter. All decorations, furniture, and linens were provided by them! The room truly has a whole new feel. It’s like walking into an updated apartment rather than a room an emergency shelter.

“Giving back like this makes a bigger impact than you’ll ever know. When people come in and see a nice room it calms anxiety and helps them move from a state of chaos to stability, from despair to hope.”
Danny Camarillo, The Salvation Army, Bentonville Shelter Director

Take a look at the before and after shots! And a huge thank you to The Neighborhood Church for taking that first step and making a difference for your neighbors!

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Little Caesars Love Kitchen

July 19, 2016

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Last week, the coolest semi-truck in the country pulled up into our parking lot! It’s pizza for a purpose, and Little Caesars is taking it all over the nation to serve those in need!

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“We know that it’s important to reach out to the communities where we do business and help make a difference,” said David Scrivano, president and CEO of Little Caesars Inc. “As a family company, we are proud to work together with our local franchisees and company-owned stores to coordinate the vehicle, staff and food and to be there for the people in Fayetteville who need assistance.”

The Team

Local team members provide the staffing and supplies for the event! Mike (Love Kitchen Driver), Miguel (Springdale and Rogers GM) , JD (Fayetteville General Manager), and Wyatt (Fayetteville Employee) made up the all-star team that brought this event to life! They churned out enough pizza to feed 175 people and were the true success behind the night!

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Other Partners

Several non-profits in the area came to share their information with the community and work together to make a difference for those in need in Fayetteville! Welcome Health is an amazing free health clinic in Fayetteville with the kindest staff and great facilities! 7 Hills, our partners in service, offer a day shelter in South Fayetteville and LifeSource provides many services for low-income families including summer day camps and counseling services! (They all do MUCH more than that short spiel. Check out their websites for more info!)

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Thanks to everyone who helped make this community pizza night possible! And the biggest of THANKS to Little Caesars for giving back in Northwest Arkansas. Together, let’s Do The Most Good!

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Walmart Foundation Funds Feeding

July 7, 2016

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We are honored to announce that the Walmart Foundation has granted us with $40,000 to be used for our feeding programs!! They give so much to making this community a better place, and we are thrilled to be entrusted with their funds and supported by their giving.

It is our mission to create opportunities so people can live better. We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Whether it’s through the grants we provide to the thousands of organizations that share our mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, we are passionate about helping people live better. One community at a time.  -Walmart Foundation

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Feeding programs are a vital part of what we do at The Salvation Army, and this grant will give us the opportunity to impact so many lives! But just how big of an impact will this funding make??

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Last year, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas provided 47,790 meals and distributed over 2,000 food boxes to those in need. Meals are served every night of the week at the emergency shelters in Fayetteville and Bentonville, as well as, for Wednesday night youth programs, holidays, and special events. Food Boxes are administered at the social service offices in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Siloam Springs. Want to learn more? Read up on all of our social services here and stories of lives they have impacted!

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So a HUGE thank you to our partners at the Walmart Foundation for supporting the work we do in this community! Together, we can Do The Most Good!