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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Salvation Army Gives Back for National Salvation Army Week

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- – It’s National Salvation Army Week and to celebrate, folks were out all over Northwest Arkansas delivering donuts to first responders on Monday.

This year, the Salvation Army is focusing on the importance of giving back to the community, especially the millions of Americans living in poverty. The Salvation Army said more awareness and understanding can break misconceptions about folks in need.

“We wish with each effort that we did… with each food basket we handed out… or each person we housed…or each person that we put through a program it would solve their problem for them. It isn’t always the case and we have so many people who face difficulties,” said Major Mary Matthews.

In Northwest Arkansas alone, the Salvation Army helps people with several different services including emergency shelter, addiction recovery and help with buying groceries. Each year, more than 150,000 people receive support, thanks to generous donors, volunteers and corporate partners.

Walmart Foundation Awards $37K Grant to Salvation Army Music Programs


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- – The Salvation Army was awarded $37,000 for its youth music and arts programs in Fayetteville, Springdale and Rogers.

The grant was awarded by the Walmart Foundation.

The Salvation Army offers training in music education, piano, brass band, concert band, dance, drama and guitar. The investment in the services will help at-risk youth develop a fundamental love for music, according to the Salvation Army.

The grant will help provide new musical instruments and instructional supplies. The grant will also help provide 15 scholarships for local youth to attend The Salvation Army Conservatory camp in Oklahoma.

For more information on the Salvation Army of NWA, click here.

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Salvation Army Gives Vouchers to Flood Victims

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — – Natural disasters like this weekends floods can often leave victims without.

Lindsey Strong is the PR Director for the Northwest Arkansas Salvation Army. She said,  “It seems that they haven’t known that we give out flood services or haven’t been coming in for them. Maybe people are just now regrouping or looking for a place to come.”

The Salvation Army is known for stepping up during difficult times in peoples’ lives, but they offer more services than people probably realize.

Strong said,  “We can give them a voucher to one of our thrift stores to kind of look around and shop for things that they’re in need of and can kind of replace what they lost from the flooding.”

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If you did lose something in the floods all you have to do is provide proof of the damage and you’ll receive a voucher to shop at one of the Northwest Arkansas thrift stores.

“They can come into our social service office that’s nearest where they live bring some kind of verification with them, a note from a landlord or the fire department saying that they did experience flooding,” said Strong.

Victims can bring their vouchers into one of the thrift stores and pick up clothes or kitchen items that need replaced.


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Salvation Army of NWA and JBU Celebrate Founder’s Day

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SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark.- – The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas teamed up with John Brown University to celebrate the school’s Founder’s Day.

The event shared John Brown’s story, beginning his evangelical career with the Salvation Army and later founding the university.

Major Dan Matthews, Area Commander with the Salvation Army, and the founder’s grandson spoke at the celebration.

“This university has affected so many thousands of lives through that connection and that is supremely important to the community here,” said Major Matthews. Major Matthews said that God uses unsuspecting people, like John Brown, to promoted the gospel and help the community.

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En los últimos meses se ha reportado un incremento de personas en Fayetteville con pancartas en las calles pidiendo dinero, comida o empleo, y esto ha despertado la incertidumbre de lo que pudiera estar ocurriendo.

Según el Salvation Army, y otras organizaciones sin fines de lucro, dedicadas a brindar servicios de ayuda a estas personas, se estima que el Noroeste de Arkansas cuenta con alrededor de unas 3 mil personas indigentes, o sin hogar. Esto se debe al alto número de desempleos en nuestra región.

A pesar que dichos centros proporcionan un lugar donde pasar la noche, alimentarse y tomar un ducha, muchos de estos menesterosos acampan en diferentes puntos de Fayetteville.

Sostuvimos una entrevista con la Directora de Recursos Humanos del Salvation Army, Dawn Rodríguez, quien nos comentó sobre las principales razones de este incremento de personas necesitadas.

Dawn: “Hay diferentes razones por que no tienen un hogar y no tienen empleo. [Normalmente] es porque pasan por algo fuerte como si se pusieron bien enfermos y pierden el trabajo, y cuando no pueden trabajar no pueden pagar la renta o pagar un bill, y [consecuentemente] pierden el trabajo”.

Rodríguez también recalcó que algunas de estas personas si cuentan con un hogar, pero simplemente quieren aprovecharse de la gente para recibir cosas gratis. Ante esto, nos brinda algunas recomendaciones sobre lo que debemos hacer en caso de ver a alguien pidiendo en las calle, ya que lo mejor es abstenerse a darles dinero.

Dawn: “Si necesitan comida, das comida, si necesitan información ustedes pueden dársela. Si pueden manejar con una bolsa llena con jabón, con cosas para ayudar a lavar la ropa o con toallas, o cobijas y con papel de información [para que sepan] a donde pueden ir ellos para recibir asistencia”.

Cabe destacar que el Salvation Army cuenta con varios programas para las personas de la calle, ademas de un Refugio de Emergencia, en los cuales cientos de personas se ven beneficiadas con comida, ropa, y ayuda para conseguir empleo. La organización, ubicada en la 15th Street en Fayetteville, siempre esta en necesidad de voluntarios.

Redactado por Andrea Guzmán