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February 15, 2016

Bread Rack

Most people know that we provide emergency shelter, and I think the community knows that we have thrift stores as well (see our post “Opportunity”, if you don’t!) But our Social Service Program is a different story. Our Social Service Team meets a variety of difficult needs day in and day out. They are truly the hands and feet of Jesus and do their jobs joyfully, with little recognition.

Daily, they hear stories of loss, hurt, and need.
Daily, they provide love and support to the broken.
Daily, they seek to “Do the Most Good” with our resources.
And daily, they change lives in need for the better with small tokens of support.

In case you aren’t very familiar with the help we provide, here’s a little list.

 Services we offer
• Utility bill assistance
• Food Bags
• Thrift store clothing vouchers
• Furniture vouchers for home disaster
• Baby diapers and formula
• School supplies
• Box fans in the summer
• Angel Tree Christmas assistance
• And really any other need that we can feasibly fill

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Reading this, you may not be able to identify with these needs. Perhaps you have never needed help feeding your family, or feared your heat being shut off in winter, or wondered how you your growing toddler will have clothes when they hit that next big growth spurt.

But many of the people we see didn’t see it coming either.

These are their stories.

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A word from our Social Service Director, Greg Chambers

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“The Salvation Army provides these services so people will have food on the table and clothes on their backs.  Most people have struggled financially at one time or another.  If The Salvation Army can pay an electric bill one month or help with their prescription medications, then maybe, it’s just the help a family needs to get through a tough time.  Most all of our programs are funded by generous donations from the community.”

If you want to give back with us, donating is simple! Just click the link here and get started!

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Statistics (October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015)

  • 2,353 individuals helped through Social Services
  • 2,013 children provided gifts through Angel Tree
  • Over 70,000 meals provided (hot meals, food bags, Thanksgiving, Christmas meals)

Paperwork

Need Help or Assistance? Let us help you.
In order to receive services, clients need to call and make an appointment. The case manager will tell them what they need to bring.

Fayetteville (479) 521-2151
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 3:30pm.
Springdale (479) 751-2077
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm.
Rogers (479) 636-8522
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4:30pm.
Siloam Springs (479) 524-2084
Wednesdays 10am- 1pm and 2pm – 4:30pm.

Refuge

February 8, 2016

Each year, we provide over 20,000 nights of emergency shelter.
Last year, we serviced nearly 900 families with children under 18 years old.
In the Bentonville school district alone, there were 398 children considered homeless in 2015. This makes Bentonville home to the highest population of homeless children in NW Arkansas.+

There is a great need to care for the individuals and families in our community who need shelter. At The Salvation Army, we want for the abandoned, lost, hurt, and broken to find shelter in our doors.

We pray that we are a refuge for the many families we serve.
Families like Michelle’s.

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How did you find The Salvation Army?

At the time, I had just moved here to Fayetteville from New Orleans. When we got here, we had nowhere to go. My daughter was involved in a horrible situation in New Orleans. We went into police protection and had to leave New Orleans immediately. All we had with us was three changes of clothing and our medications.

We hooked up with Peace at Home at first, and they referred us to The Salvation Army. Normally, it’s only a 10 day stay [at the shelter]. We applied for more permanent housing at Seven Hills, but there was a waiting list.

So the Majors talked about our situation with the school social workers, and they extended our stay over the allotted amount of time. We got to stay for a month and two weeks until we got accepted at Seven Hills. We moved straight from the shelter into this town-home.

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What did the shelter mean to your family?

It was amazing. We were able to have food, a roof over our heads, and a church. It meant we were secure. We had a safety net during a real hard time. And without The Salvation Army, I don’t know what would have happened to us. We had nowhere else to go.

We were able to get food, clothing, have somewhere to sleep, and shower.
It was a wonderful place for us.

And even though we have a home now, being [at the shelter] is what I am the most grateful for. Someone opened the door to us. If The Salvation Army had have closed their doors on us, I don’t know what would have happened. With all this cold that just came through, we might have frozen to death. We would have lived in a tent, I don’t know.

So I am just gonna say that I’m grateful, because we had people willing to take us in.  The Majors came in and opened up their hearts. Being genuinely welcomed, that’s what I am grateful for.

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How does your life look different because of the shelter?

Things were difficult in New Orleans. I was very stressed out and worried about my missing child. Nothing was working out, and my life felt like it was falling apart, slipping through my fingers.

We’ve been at peace since being here, and the Salvation Army is really the major part of that, because it started there. That was our starting point.

It is still overwhelming some days, but at the same time, it takes time. As time passes on, everything heals itself. You don’t forget, but you let it go. We had to leave everything, but we were blessed to get everything back. Not exactly the same things, but we got everything back.

This place feels better than home.

What would you say to other people, especially moms, going through a tough time?

  1. It is rough, but don’t give up.

Don’t ever give up. If you give up, you are letting the situation control your life. I cried and cried and prayed and cried, but I didn’t give up. You have to keep going, especially for the kids.

  1. Tell someone about your problem, and ask for help.

It is OK to ask for help. My momma always used to say, “closed mouths don’t get fed”. Everyone needs someone to talk to, and you never know what will happen.

  1. Go to The Salvation Army.

You never know who can help you. And if you don’t know, ask. Your life can take a drastic change. You may be on the streets now, but things can change.

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Is there anything about The Salvation Army you would want to share with our commnuity?

The Salvation Army changed and helped me and my family when we had nowhere to go. They were right there, never giving up on us. They even gave us extra allotted time that we weren’t supposed to have, just to make sure that me and my kids had a roof over our heads.

And your donations help tremendously. My kids were given so many things. Their Christmas was wonderful- they got to do Angel Tree. They got Christmas presents out the woodworks!! The kids got so much that they were able to share what they got with other kids in the neighborhood.

We got a lot through The Salvation Army. And when I get more money, that’s what we are gonna do [give back to The Salvation Army]. We want to be able to help another family.

+2015 Community and Family Homeless Report, Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick PH.D., Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

Vai Talau

December 16, 2015

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Vai is a senior at Fayetteville High School. He is a member of the FHS wrestling team and works hard in school! He loves to hang out with his friends and wants to make a big difference for the hurting and broken in his community.

If you were one of Santa’s reindeer, which would you be?
I would definitely want to be Rudolph. Because one, that’s the only reindeer I know. And because he is different; he’s an exception in the group of reindeer. Everyone made fun of him, but he is the difference maker!

Does your family have a traditional holiday food that is unique?
We cook duck instead of turkey. Duck to me is like a finer chicken- it’s amazing! Once I ate it, I was hooked. We roast it, just like a turkey, but it’s a duck.

How would you describe yourself in three adjectives?
Compassionate: It’s how I was raised. I have a lot of sympathy for people- my heart really goes out to them. I really do enjoy helping others.
Reckless: Cause I am young! I don’t really make dumb decisions but I think [being reckless] is a part of being a teenager.
Funny: Not to be cliché, but I think I’m funny!

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Who is your role model and why?
Definitely my mother, because she perseveres through everything. She motivates me every day. Even though she drives me crazy sometimes, I still love her to death. She’s made it through it all, really. Through impossible [situations], she made it possible. I really look up to her for what she has come through, what she is doing for our family, and for raising me to be the man I am today.

How did you get involved with The Salvation Army?
During the summer, I always drive past it going to my friend’s house. I’ve always had a calling to go help the homeless and get involved in the community. I got my friend Kelson and asked him if he wanted to embark on a new adventure with me. So we went out and signed up to do volunteer work at The Salvation Army.

My heart brought me to The Salvation Army: I got a call and I can feel it in my soul. This is what I want to do in life. This is an avenue that I want to pursue. I want to get into helping the community and then I want to be a voice for the people.

I would love to go to school to be a Human Right’s Attorney and a Psychologist. Put that together and I can help folks and defend them. I want to be someone they can go to.

The first time I served there we worked for a little bit alongside a staff member and then took a break. During that break, he told me his life story: how he was an alcoholic, how bad his childhood and family were, and how the program worked for him. He gave me a fresh perspective. He had it rough, and he makes me want to help. Every time I serve, we end up talking about our life stories, and every time it’s like a new light bulb in my head. It’s a humbling experience. It changes my perspective because I always talk to someone new.

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What is your #redkettlereason?

I want to make a difference in a corrupt society. I want to help give people a hand up, give them a hand that no one ever gives them. I have a call, and I want to be the hand that picks them up.

I love helping others! Giving someone hope they’ve never had before is great, because you know you helped that person feel better that day. You make a difference in people’s lives; that’s why I do it.

What advice would you give to another student who wants to make a difference in NWA?
Step out of yourself and consider [taking on] a fresh perspective. It’s hard in high school because the notion is that everyone is trying to jump-start their lives. They are wrapped up in themselves and are wrapped up in their lives. My advice is to really think about how you can help someone else. You can donate money. Or think about your skills: what can you do, build, or create to help another person? You can give people hope and purpose.

My role is to influence others, not force, but influence them.

You can create a spark in someone’s mind. The best way is to [serve] together with someone. It’s not about ‘you’ or ‘I’, it’s about us. It’s hard to get a revolution going, but my role is to demonstrate [service] so that they can join. I know a lot of kids that do want to help. It’s not conventional, but we want to make a change.

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