Join us to celebrate this special addition to the Fort Smith Children's Emergency Shelter's campus! Please register, if you plan to attend. Masks required and social distancing directives followed per Arkansas Department of Health directives.
The Children's Emergency Shelter received a $12,000 grant from the Arvest Foundation for a therapeutic walking trail to be constructed behind the Shelter home. The "Arvest Foundation" therapeutic walking trail will serve as a place for our kids to de-escalate and learn how to cope with their trauma as well as provide them a place to exercise and practice healthy lifestyle choices. The trail was recently completed by Forsgren Inc, who also donated a fire pit. In the near future, ropes course and fitness equipment will be added to the grounds to provide additional opportunities for our kids to learn, grow, and cope.
For over 23 years, the Children's Shelter has provided a safe home to youth in foster care. Every child that lives at the Shelter is a victim of abuse and neglect from those who were supposed to love them the most. These kids face high levels of emotional and behavioral challenges due to this neglect and abuse. The Children's Shelter goal is to not only give them a safe place to call home but to provide the therapy services needed to overcome their trauma and learn how to cope in a positive manner--all while having the opportunity to "just be kids!"
Representatives from Arvest, the Children's Shelter, and Forsgren Inc will be present.