Northwest Arkansas Echelon Chapter

Echelon seeks to mobilize the next generation for The Salvation Army by providing opportunities for young adults to engage with the organization through fellowship and networking, donations and fundraising, and service and volunteering.

Echelon is the emerging professionals arm of The Salvation Army. Our community is serious abut having fun while addressing some of today’s most pressing issues within Northwest Arkansas.

Echelon members participate in a variety of networking, volunteering, and fundraising activities. Fundraising and volunteering activities directly support Salvation Army services within Northwest Arkansas.

For more information about Echelon, visit SalvationArmyEchelon.org or email joey.jackson@uss.salvationarmy.org to see how you can get involved!

 

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.

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.

Original Story:

http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/salvation-army-offers-guided-tour-shelters/790166621

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

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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.

Original Story with KNWA:

http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/walmart-foundation-awards-37k-grant-to-salvation-army-music-programs/709563287

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.


Original Post HERE.

Salvation Army Delivers Hot Drinks for Homeless

FAYETTEVILLE, AR – Hot drinks will be served to help the homeless fight the cold.

The Salvation Army Corps Community Center of Fayetteville will be taking a canteen truck out Tuesday, January 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. They plan to do this each week during winter.

You can spread the word by using #giveNWA #feedNWA.

http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/fox-24/salvation-army-delivers-hot-drinks-for-homeless/644783740

WelcomeHealth and the Salvation Army to Hold Free Clinic

Salvation Army and WelcomeHealth of Northwest Arkansas are teaming up to hold a free clinic once a month.

The clinic will be held the first Thursday of even months and the third Thursday of odd months at The Salvation Army Area Command.  The first will be on August 4 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The clinic will offer services such as wound care and evaluation, blood pressure, heart rate, temperature measurements, patient education and limited physical exams.

“We are excited to forge another positive partnership in the community of Northwest Arkansas,” said Major Mary Matthews, Associate Area Commander.  “Healthcare is an absolute necessity for our clients and it can be very hard to access for low-income families and individuals.  WelcomeHealth provides an incredible service for this community, and we are excited to play our part.”

For more information on WelcomeHealth of NWA, click here.

For more information on the Salvation Army, click here.

http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/welcomehealth-and-the-salvation-army-to-hold-free-clinic

Sweet Treats come to Northwest Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.–

June 3 is National Donut Day! Did you know that National Donut Day was started by the Salvation Army?

It started during World War I when female volunteers from the Salvation Army wanted to bring a taste of home to the soldiers. They began frying donuts in helmets!

The women volunteers became known as the “Donut Lassies.”

To commemorate the donut lassies, President Dwight Eisenhower made the day official!

Here are a few more facts about #NationalDonutDay:

The Salvation Army started National Donut Day during the Great Depression as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to The Salvation Army’s social service programs.
National Donut Day commemorates the “donut lassies,” female Salvation Army volunteers who provided writing supplies, stamps, clothes-mending and home-cooked meals, and of course, donuts, for soldiers on the front lines.
Approximately 250 Salvation Army volunteers provided assistance to American soldiers in France starting in 1917 during WWI.
With limited resources, these treats were fried, only seven at a time. The Salvation Army’s Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance cleverly thought of frying donuts in soldiers’ helmets.
This year, the Salvation Army NWA is partnering with Krispy Kreme for National Donut Day.

Krispy Kreme donated 40 boxes of donuts to be delivered all through Northwest Arkansas!

For more information and video of the Salvation Army and National Donut Day, click here!

http://www.nwahomepage.com/news/fox-24/explore-the-origin-of-nationaldonutday

Razorback Food Recovery Feeds Shelter from Shareholders

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.–

The Razorback Food Recovery is distributing unused food from the Walmart Week events for the third year.

University of Arkansas volunteers will help distribute the food from Tuesday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The unserved food will go to Lifesource International, 7 Hills Day Center, the House of Hope Mission Center and The Salvation Army.

Chartwell Dining Service workers will collect the unused food after meals and store them in a refrigerator truck donated by Tyson Food’s.

The purpose of the project is to reduce food wasted and feed the hungry.

See the full story here!