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Come See Our New Look

July 31, 2017

We are so excited to roll out the photos of our updated lobby at Area Command. The 80’s paint is out and a fresh, modern look now takes its place! Check out the before and after below!

  
A little paint in progress- sprucing up the place with Salvation Army colors!

TA-DA!!! The completed look!
Come visit us soon!

Summer Camp: Fun, Friends, Escape.

July 11, 2017

As children, many of us looked forward to summer break with great excitement and anticipation for vacations and beach trips, camps, our favorite snacks and NO SCHOOL!!

But for some kids, summer is not a time to anticipate.
It brings instability: home life is tumultuous at best with absent parents and no connection with friends. It brings uncertainty: many wonder if there will be food on the table for their next meal. It brings insecurity: attention is not readily given, care not automatically provided, and love not frequently spoken.

So for these kids in our community, suffering from hunger, grieving from inattention, and fearing their unpredictable lifestyle- camp is more than a fun summer activity. It is a refuge.

Camp is an experience unlike many of them have ever had!! Ropes course, swimming EVERY DAY (and yes, that is almost every camper’s favorite part of camp!), 3 meals a day, yummy snacks, new activities and fun ways of learning. They grow and change, rest and play, learn and are loved.

And even better than all of that? These kids get to hear about a love so fierce that will always be with them- even when they return home. It is a privilege to share the love of Jesus with our sweet campers.

Finally, our camp offers a really neat experience- Music Conservatory. It is a 5-week camp that teaches music theory and different types of instruments. Kids can choose their majors and are even given the chance to be leaders one day and conduct their own worship service. Interested in learning more about the amazing opportunities offered these children in their schools, homes, and futures (think college scholarships) through this program?

Read our blog on Music Programs in NWA!

So thank you for supporting our kids in their adventures at camp- it is truly life-changing for them! Want to learn more about sponsoring a child?? Email shannon.drummond@uss.salvationarmy.org.

(**All pictures from this post are local Northwest Arkansas campers from summer 2017!)

New Officers Come to NWA

June 23, 2017

The Salvation Army in Northwest Arkansas is pleased to welcome new Area Commanders, Cpts. Josh and Ashley Robinett and their family. The Robinetts are replacing Majors Dan and Mary Matthews who have been reassigned to the Area Command in Oklahoma City.

Salvation Army Officers are periodically transferred to different locations, typically every 3-4 years.  The Captains are enthusiastic leaders and come to Northwest Arkansas from Hot Springs, where for the last 2 years, they were responsible for the Hot Springs Salvation Army Corps.

Captain Josh Robinett was born and raised in Odessa, Texas. He has a deep appreciation and compassion for single-parent families, since he along with two younger siblings, were raised by a single mother. He joined The Salvation Army at the age of 8. Before answering the call to full-time ministry, he spent time in the oil field, a short time as a correctional officer and five years as a sales consultant for Quality Document Solutions in Texas. He and his wife, Ashley, were married in 2005 and answered the call to serve as officers in The Salvation Army shortly after by entering the training college in 2008. In 2010, the Robinetts finished their time at the training college with an Associates of Arts in Practical Ministries.

Captain Ashley Robinett has deep roots in Arkansas. She was born in Pine Bluff and has family residing in White Hall, Perryville and Hector. Ashley is a fourth-generation Salvationist; her parents are retired Salvation Army Majors. As a child of Officers and now one herself, Captain Ashley brings with her a well-rounded experience. The Robinetts have four children, Joshua, 11, Elizabeth, 8, Danielle, 5, and Cody, 1. As Officers, the Robinetts, have served in Russellville, AR, Fayetteville, AR, and Hot Springs, AR. They and their children look forward to returning to Northwest Arkansas to serve this great community again.

The couple will be responsible for overseeing the work done throughout Northwest Arkansas at The Salvation Army including the emergency shelters, Family Stores, the addiction recovery program, social services, churches (Corps) and Christmas efforts.