Help us help more boys. Our goal is to shelter 48 boys at a time.
We need $3,000,000 to build a new Boy's Shelter in Fort Smith, AR. Our current shelter was built in 1978 to house only 10 boys. Despite numerous fundraisers to obtain the money to keep the shelter going we've only been able to raise enough to make minor repairs as well as pay for the daily functions of the shelter such as food, clothing, utilities, staffing, etc. At this moment, our shelter does not meet current building standards and we have been told it would be cheaper to rebuild than to have the many necessary repairs done for it to pass code. Most of all, we do not have room for all of the boys waiting to come into the shelter. These boys need a place to go as their problems at home prevent them from staying there. We have had to turn away as many as 600 boys since inception due to lack of room. Many times siblings are separated across the state when they are removed from the home. Part of our new shelter will be set aside to house these children to prevent separation in a time when their whole world has fallen apart due to being removed from their home.
Our main goal is to shelter 36 additional boys, ages 0 to 18. The boys are welcome to stay in the new shelter as long as they are in school including college. We are the only long-term shelter in our area. Currently the maximum stay in a facility is 45 days. This means that just as they settle in, they must move again. In our facility they can live without fear of being moved at any time while going to school with their peers and receiving much needed family and individual counseling in a safe and caring environment. We have been told by area agencies that we will have our shelter full within a week so the need is critical. This shelter is not only a necessary home for these boys but is a much needed service for our community as we guide the boys in changing current disruptive behaviors so they may grow into productive members of our community.