The Boys Shelter is supported by the United Way of Fort Smith, state and local government agencies, many private businesses, donors and volunteers. We are continually looking to diversify our funding in order to improve our services to the youth we serve.
Our goal is to develop a long term, residential, healthy living environment capable of helping children placed in the Shelter. These kids and their families are facing many challenges and need someone to help guide them so the kids can get through their teen-age years without the influence of drugs, sex, crime, truancy or dropping out of school.
We are a non-lockdown facility where these children live and receive different services to help them overcome their problems. We put emphasis on family living and try to create an atmosphere that is similar to living at home. Many of the children may have been abused and/or neglected by their parents or guardians and, as a result, end up with us by order of the courts.
How We Began
In 1975, the concerns of the County Judge and Juvenile Probation Officer who had the responsibility for the juvenile court in Sebastian County, and the people of East Side Baptist Church formed an independent board to meet the long term needs of boys in this area which evolved into Boys Shelter, Inc. The current Board is made up of area men and women of various professions and interests. There is no discrimination based on race or creed.
The Shelter has been in continuous operation since 1978,and numerous boys from our local community have been assisted with life changing skills. Our Family Teaching Program is a yearlong program promoting systematic change which does not take place in a short term environment. The Shelter works with boys that have such problems as abuse, neglect, abandonment, exploitation, delinquency and truancy. They are referred either though the courts, juvenile probation office, or through DHS. Boys may live at the Shelter for a year or longer as their individual circumstance may dictate. Boys who are wards of the state may stay until they are 18 years of age. In addition to room and board within the residential facility, the boys are provided services such as individual, family and group counseling; supportive services; education,and recreational activities. While in residence, the boys are enrolled in the local school district's educational program and attend public school.
Please feel free to visit our facility anytime, or call us if we can be of service.