Spring Shelter Tours

Shelter Tours | Spring  2018

Please consider joining us for a meet and greet this spring to learn more about homelessness in our community and The Salvation Army’s work to aid those in need. If you plan to attend, please RSVP below. RSVP is helpful but not required.


  Thursday, March 15   •   Fayetteville Shelter
Thursday, March 22  •   Bentonville Shelter

Speaker: Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, University of Arkansas
A conversation on the state of homelessness in Northwest Arkansas and how the Salvation Army
is helping solve the problem. Dr. Fitzpatrick is the director of The Community and Family Institute (CFI) in the Fulbright College of Arts and Science for the University of Arkansas. This group researches information related to homelessness and food insecurity in our community.

Thursday, April 19    •   Fayetteville Shelter
Thursday, April 26   •   Bentonville Shelter

Speaker: Arvest Bank, 1 Million Meals
This spring we are partnering with Arvest Bank for
the 1 Million Meals Campaign. Come learn how this program is helping feed the hungry in our area. Each year Arvest Bank has a campaign called 1 Million Meals which helps collected food items and raise funds for hundreds of organizations working together to fight food insecurity locally.


Thursday, May 17    •   Fayetteville Shelter
Thursday, May 24   •   Bentonville Shelter

Speaker: Angela Belford, Chair NWA CoC
A conversation with Angela about her story, her connection with the Salvation Army,
and the work the Continuum of Care is doing to prevent homelessness.


Northwest Arkansas Emergency Shelters Locations

Fayetteville |  219 W 15th St. Fayetteville, AR 72701

Bentonville  |   3305 SW I St. Bentonville, AR 72712

Shelters Compiled



Providing Hope & Healing Through Recovery

The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas’ Rehabilitation program offers men an opportunity to rebuild, recover, and refocus their lives. By making Christ the center of their lives and everyday decisions, individuals find a path
of hope and healing. After a six-month process men are prepared to reenter society free of alcohol and drug dependence.

“At the age of 19 I was a drug addict facing 15 years in prison but given the option to be part of Salvation Army Recovery Program. While in recovery I found God and hope for my life. There’s a different man here today and I love who I have become.”  — James, 2017 Graduate

Program Requirements
This program is open to men who are in need of recovery and have a desire to change.
There is no cost* for this 6-month program.

•  Complete ARC Application
•  Provide Photo I.D.
•  Take a TB test ($15)
•  Substance Free Living Commitment
•  Living on-site for 6 months
•  No overnight stays for first 90 days
•  Attend classes, therapy and worship
•  Work for the Salvation Army
•  Program is currently open to men ages 18 – 65.


If you would like to know more about this program, please contact Greg Chambers at 479-521-2151.

A Happy Heart & Home

I am back on my feet now, February 2018” were the opening lines of a Valentine’s Day card we received at the Salvation Army offices just a few days before the holiday. Our hearts filled with joy seeing these words from a woman who spent time at the Salvation Army shelter during the summer of 2017. “I so appreciate your wonderful staff and ministry. You gave me shelter, food and encouragement when I was homeless for eight days in July. You were a God-send,” our guest shared.

It is moments like these that remind us of the why behind what we do. By providing a shelter bed, a warm meal, and encouragement to people in immediate need, we can be a resource and a place to where people discovery hope. This guest is just one of many during the past year who have been able to move from emergency shelter to a permanent home. During 2017, in Fayetteville alone, we were able to help 183 people find housing.

This Valentine’s Day as you sit down to enjoy an evening meal, we hope you will take a moment to think about and pray for people who might be waiting for a place to call home. Today our hearts are full as we continue to see the hope that our emergency shelters can provide.

Providing Shelter in Every Season

In times of need and cold weather, let us help. The Salvation Army of NWA has two shelters – one in Bentonville and one in Fayetteville. Our Emergency Shelters are open 365 days a year (no matter the weather) providing a place for men, women and families in the evenings. We have beds for 46 people in Bentonville and 26 in Fayetteville. Whenever the weather drops below 34 degrees, we also open warming centers (all day) and cold-weather night shelters. These provide places for people to stay warm, rest, and eat a meal. During times of cold-weather if our shelter beds are full, we create overflow indoor space and provide cots and blankets to those in need. Our shelter areas are monitored and divided by men, women and families for safety. If you know of a need, please contact either of our shelters. Bentonville: 479-271-9545 or Fayetteville: 479-521-0857. Learn more about our shelters online. http://salvationarmyaok.org/nwarkansas/our-shelters/

Red Kettle Wrap Up


JANUARY 5, 2018

For the 2017 giving season, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas raised $361,829 as part of its annual Red Kettle campaign. Donations collected at Kettle locations in Northwest Arkansas equaled $352,161 with an additional $9,668 coming in through online gifts for this campaign. We concluded our Kettle season at 86.1% of our goal of $420,000.

“We want to thank each community in Northwest Arkansas for their generosity this year. As the kettle season came to an end, we asked for your continued support and many people stepped up to help make a difference. Your financial support will allow us to continue to provide for people when they need it most. This means providing shelter from the cold, food for the hungry, clothing and utility assistance for families, and hope for men seeking to break free from the bondage of addiction. We enter 2018 with much anticipation as we look for new ways to meet the needs of people here in Northwest Arkansas,” said Captain Joshua Robinett, Area Commander, Northwest Arkansas

Not only did people give generously this season as part of our Red Kettle campaign by many companies, churches, groups and families gave their time as bell ringers to make a difference. Thank you to everyone who joined us this Christmas season.

Christmas Day at Opportunities

For many people Christmas day is a day to spend with family and friends and for some it is an opportunity reach out and care for other people in the community. If you are looking for a way to give on Christmas day we’re asking you to donate items that we give out everyday at either our Fayetteville or Bentonville Shelter on Christmas Day. Specifically, this Christmas you can help by providing cans of soup, shampoo, body soap, deodorant and diapers size 3, 4 & 5. If you would like to drop off Christmas bath and body gift sets these be welcomed.

On a daily basis we provide food and health care items for families in need. At our overnight shelter we offer an evening meal that is open to anyone who is hungry in our community.


Thanksgiving Meals in Fayetteville & Bentonville

The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas will be providing free Thanksgiving meals on Thursday, November 23 at two locations – one in Fayetteville and one in Bentonville.

Thanksgiving meals are open to anyone in the community who would like to have a meal this holiday. All ages are welcome.  A complete Thanksgiving meal including turkey, rolls, potatoes, pies and more will be provided.  Meals will be served by staff and volunteers at both locations. In addition, holiday meals are being delivered to first-responders in Fayetteville and Bentonville who are working on Thanksgiving Day.

This year, thanks to a large donation from the Hanes Company we also will provide new underwear and socks to homeless guest who might attend. This fall, The Salvation Area of Northwest Arkansas was chosen as the beneficiary of the national “Hanes Earth Day & Sock Drive.” In all, 83 new pairs of underwear and 6251 pairs were delivered to our command center just in time for Thanksgiving and the winter weather.

Meals will be served:
Thursday, November 23: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Bentonville Shelter: Dining Room
3305 S.W. I St.
Bentonville, AR

Fayetteville Area Command/Shelter: Activity Center
219 W. 15th St
Fayetteville, AR

Do you need volunteers?
We are very grateful to have had a tremendous outpouring of volunteers who want to help serve the Thanksgiving meal this year.  All our volunteer spots have been filled.  Opportunities remain to sponsor a meal for someone. If you would like to sponsor a Thanksgiving meal for someone, follow this link to help someone in need of a holiday blessing.

Salvation Army Provides Shelter Tours

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas wants to give you a look inside their efforts.

So far this year,  2,951 homeless are accounted for in Northwest Arkansas with over half of that number being children in K-12th grades.

The non-profit will be holding shelter tours to educate the community on their efforts and needs.

You can take part on Wednesday, September 6 at noon at either the Fayetteville or Bentonville shelter location.

The Fayetteville shelter is located at 219 W. 15th Street and the Bentonville shelter is at 3305 S.W. I Street.

For more information, click here.


Salvation Army Takes Step Locally to Help with Harvey


Fayetteville, AR — – People right here in Northwest Arkansas are gearing up to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Members of the Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas are in Texas helping out those in need. The organization says this is most likely going to be one of the most extensive feeding operations the Salvation Army has undertaken.

“You see the devastation and you hear words like unprecedented, catastrophic… I think our response because you hear words like unprecedented, our response needs to be unprecedented as well,” said Captain Joshua Robinett, the Northwest Arkansas Area Commander of the Salvation Army.

Three members from the local Salvation Army were sent down to Texas early Sunday morning. One from Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers.

“On the way out we saw a lot of fences down, huge bales of cotton broken apart and kind of scattered, flagpoles down, power poles at about a 45 degree angle, a lot of shingles off of roofs,” said Captain David Leonard, with the Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas.

The scenes Captain Leonard describes are something that is common across South Texas right now. Leonard is helping out on a mobile food unit in Driscoll which is right outside of Corpus Christi.

“We were told last night that there was a community of about 800 people that still had no power. What food they did have has gone bad so we’re currently serving breakfast to this community and when we get finished with breakfast we’ll start cooking lunch and when we’re done with lunch we’ll prepare for dinner.”

Leonard said giving out basic necessities is just one of many things they hope to provide.

“You’re giving them food, you’re also giving them an ear if they need to kind of process this event. If they need a shoulder, if they need a hug. It’s just really not much more that I can think of that’s any more rewarding than serving people in this capacity.”

The Northwest Arkansas Area Commander for the Salvation Army said helping out those who are in desperate need is something their organization was made for.

“To know that we’re able to send folks down there and we’re able to help, the Salvation Army is mobilized and will be there will be there through the duration of not just what’s happening now but through the long term recovery efforts as well,” Robinett said.

Salvation Army crew member will help out in relief efforts for at least two weeks.

Salvation Army Offers Guided Tour Shelters

KNWA – The Salvation Army is showing the community what it is like to be homeless in Northwest Arkansas.

It is offering guided tours of the Fayetteville and Bentonville shelters this Fall. Everyone from the area is welcome to attend any of the tours listed below. All are on Wednesdays and begin at noon.

Shelter Tour Dates
August 16 – Bentonville
September 6 – Bentonville
September 13 – Fayetteville
October 11 – Fayetteville
October 18 – Bentonville
November 8 – Fayetteville

The Fayetteville shelter is located at 219 W. 15 St., and the Bentonville shelter is located at 3305 SW I St. Learn more about the shelters and the tours by clicking here.

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