Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 10 AM, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas will host a ribbon-cutting for its new Client-Choice Food Pantry located in Fayetteville, AR. This new style of pantry will begin serving clients on June 1, 2018 as part of a summer initiative in partnership with Fayetteville Public Schools.

All are invited to attend the ribbon cutting as we celebrate this new opportunity.

This pilot program will allow families to select breakfast and lunch items to help feed kids during the summer months. For 11 weeks, FPS families, who signed up through the school district, who qualify for free and reduced lunches are invited to “shop” the pantry every Friday at no cost. The Salvation Army Client-Choice Food Pantry will be open Friday, June 1 through August 10 from 9 AM – 12 PM and 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Volunteers and staff will help in the shopping experience. Learn more about our pantry and find out how you can help. 

The opening of this pantry has included a complete remodel of our warehouse space, the installation and addition of refrigeration coolers and shelving, plus increased food supplies. With support from the Walmart Foundation, the NWA Food Bank, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Fayetteville Public Schools, and many volunteers, we have designed a program that will help meet the needs of hungry families in our community. Additionally, this pantry will provide for clients throughout the week by appointment. The pantry will be housed in our  Activity Center building located at 219 W 15th street, Fayetteville, AR.

WHOAll Media Outlets & Community Members

WHAT: Fayetteville Food Pantry Ribbon Cutting & Tour

WHEN: Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 10:00 – 11:00 AM

WHERE: The Salvation Army Area Command | Fayetteville
219 W. 15th St, Fayetteville, AR 72701

WHY: Our summer program will provide food for 62 families and a total of 163 children.

For questions about volunteering or for an interview please call 479-521-2151 or 479-283-5314 or email us at jennifer.brown@uss.salvationarmy.org

Client-Choice Food Pantry & Summer Program

Kids, parents, teachers and really everyone looks forward to Summer – taking a swim at the local pool, heading to camp, enjoying some time off, and simply changing up the routine. And while Summer is often a highlight, it can also be a challenge for families and kids who are short on food.

To help meet the needs of our community, The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas has partnered with Fayetteville Public Schools (FPS) to identify and provide meals for kids who are home during the summer months. Our new client-choice Food Pantry in Fayetteville will officially open Friday, June 1 at 9 am. FPS families, who signed up through the school district, will have the opportunity to “shop” the pantry every Friday for 11 weeks at no cost.

This is the first client-choice Food Pantry for The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas and it offers a whole new way to think about food insecurity. “We are excited to begin providing food for families in this way. Often families are given a box of food but the items inside may not fit their needs in the best way,” said Captain Josh Robinett, NWA Area Commander. “By opening a client-choice food pantry we are giving families dignity and caring for their needs on a more individualized basis. This helps us love and care for the people of our community even more.”

The Salvation Army Client-Choice Food Pantry will be open every Friday, June 1 through August 10 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The pantry will be housed in our  Activity Center building located at 219 W 15th street, Fayetteville, AR. Each week the pantry will be stocked with food options that kids and families can easily prepare for breakfast and lunch. Additionally, this pantry will provide for Washington County clients throughout the week by appointment.

This project would not be possible without support from the Walmart Foundation, the NWA Food Bank, The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Fayetteville Public Schools, and many volunteers. Together, we have been able to develop a summer program that will meet the needs of hungry families in our community. During the past three months, our team has worked to create this new shopping space. The project has included a complete remodel of our warehouse, the installation and addition of refrigeration coolers, lighting and shelving, plus the addition of many new food products – which will be added throughout the summer.

As we begin this new program, we are looking for volunteers to help stock the pantry and serve as shopping assistants each Friday.
If you’d like to help in this way, please sign up for a shift here, or give us a call. If you would like to donate funds for our summer pantry program, text NWAFOOD to 41444 or click here.

For more questions, please contact us at 479-521-2151 x 103, email jennifer.brown@uss.salvationarmy.org.

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.

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.


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 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.


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


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.


Local Woman Claims Warming Shelters May Have Saved Her Life

It’s cold for anyone having to go outside this time of year, especially for our homeless population.

Many of them are spending most of their days in freezing temperatures.
One Northwest Arkansas woman says warming shelters may have saved her life.
Jewelya Boyd was homeless for ten years, she now lives at the Havenwood Home in Bentonville, but she said the salvation army is why she survived being on the streets.
“When you’re homeless and it’s cold you are fighting for your life most definitely,” Boyd said.
For Boyd, staying warm isn’t something she’s taking for granted.
“I experienced homelessness for the last ten years of my life, off and on, off and on. Mostly do to my addiction and not keeping things together like i should have,” Boyd said.
She regularly used the Salvation Army’s cold weather shelters to get by during the decade she was on the streets.
“I’ve literally slept in my car and on the ground before that,” said Boyd.
A spokesperson for the Northwest Arkansas Salvation Army said the number of people coming to the shelters has increased, because of the overall population boom.
But they say no matter the building capacity size they won’t turn away people, even if it gets a bit crowded.
Boyd believes cold weather shelters saved her life, and recommends if you can’t find your way to a shelter,  use blankets, hay or anything to keep yourself warm through the night..
“One bad circumstance is all it takes for someone to wind up on the streets and cold,” Boyd said.
Which is why she says we are so fortunate to live in Northwest Arkansas
“A lot of areas don’t have these shelters and opportunities and warming places. It’s hard for someone that’s out in the country I can imagine, but we are very incredibly blessed to have such warming shelters and areas that are willing to take people in for just the night,” Boyd said.
There are several options for shelters in Northwest Arkansas, including Bentonville and here in Fayetteville.
For people in the River Valley, The Community Rescue Mission in Fort Smith is also open.


Homeless Census Training Helps Identify NWA Homeless Population

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS — – Homelessness in Northwest Arkansas has changed over the years. What once was a population made up of predominantly males has shifted to include women and children.
One professor in Arkansas has been tracking the changes over the years and he gathered a group to help him find out who in our state is living without a home.
Every other year, University of Arkansas Professor of Sociology Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick uses volunteers to count the homeless population in Benton and Washington county.
Since 2007 the population has increased. On Monday around 50  volunteers gathered at Central United Methodist Church. They learned what they’ll be doing this week — during a 24 hour period — to pinpoint the number of people without homes right here in Northwest Arkansas.
“We give them the location and then give them a time frame and then they are asked to go to that particular site with a team leader, theres anywhere between five and ten volunteers at a site and then systematically interview everyone that is on site,” Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick said. “Not everyone on site is homeless, but there is a set of screening questions to determine whether or not that person is homeless and if they are, then they do a complete interview which takes about 4 to 5 minutes per person.”
Without the reliable data, from volunteers like Jazmynne Matthews, that details the homeless population in the two counties, the government will not provide federal funding to the area.
“I think that there is a fear of stepping out, but at least they are bold enough, even in their fears to say i want to do something to help my fellow man,” Matthews said.
Ever since volunteers have been doing the census since 2007, Northwest Arkansas has brought in over $3.5 million.

-original story with KNWA-