100 Families Initiative - Sebastian County Summer 2022 Newsletter

Summer 2022 Newsletter

Meet our intern!

This is Phillip, the Tyson summer Communications Intern! He's working with us to create opportunities to further connect our community and local organizations - like this newsletter!

"My internship has been enlightening! I’ve experienced so much since I first started. It makes me feel more hopeful learning about all the kinds of assistance for people in need, especially children and families. This is my first job, so I’m very grateful to be enriched with such valuable experiences. I had no idea most of these organizations even existed! Thankfully, I’m not in need of them, but there are many others out there who are not as lucky, yet they have no idea what the community has to offer. Therefore, it’s important that we raise awareness of local organizations, programs, events, et cetera; as the communications intern, I’ll do my best to contribute to that effort." Phillip

Get your COVID-19 vaccine!

It's summer, which means people are out on vacation, traveling, and having fun in crowded spaces; in other words, COVID cases are on the rise once again. Protect yourself and your loved ones; come down to our office on August 3rd to take your shot!

More info in our flyers below, also available in Spanish and Vietnamese.


August 12th at 9am is our next Sebastian County 100 Families Alliance meeting! The topic will be Peer Support: The Power of Lived Experience, location TBA. Alliance meetings are open to all 100 Families partners, social service providers, community supporters, and interested parties. Look for a calendar invite coming soon!
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Our recent Sebastian County statistics show a significant increase in client stability regarding financial assistance/money management (+189%) and housing (+159%)! As of 6/30, there are 220 active families being served. It's wonderful to see our collective efforts reflected so well in our data. Let's keep up the good work!

Featured Partner

The Frontier MPO is heading a pilot project called SMILIES (Shared MicromobIlity for affordabLe-accessIblE houSing), which is a new bike-share program in Fort Smith. The project aims to design a shared micromobility service system centered around the community’s needs. It also aims to address the city’s challenges with job accessibility and essential services for those living in affordable housing communities.

Launched on May 12th, there are 40 bikes across 8 stations with each rental including one FREE hour of ride time!
Locations + more info @ https://smilies.uark.edu/
"By shining a spotlight on the difficulties to connect low-income citizens to shared micromobility services, we can then begin to address longstanding transportation inequities and injustices. To be part of transformative ideas and change is immensely rewarding, especially when the project can positively impact diverse and often neglected neighborhoods."

Reese Brewer, Frontier MPO director and SMILIES co-principal investigator
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Resource Highlights

  • First Connections is a no-cost early intervention program focused on assisting families of newborns to 3-year-olds who are developmentally delayed or at risk of delay. Also read this related article by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • The recently launched 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline will connect users 24/7 to trained counselors that will provide all the necessary support and resources to overcome crisis.
  • Arkansas Disability Coalition works to improve the lives of the disabled and their families through many types of training, educational resources, etc.

Upcoming Events

Fill the Bus - July 29 & 30
Help provide kids with the school supplies they need to succeed! Buses accepting supplies will be parked at 13 Walmart locations in the NWA/River Valley area.
Read more
Region 5 Prevention Conference - August 5
The Intersection of Mental Health, Substance Use, and Prevention conference will be held in Fort Smith at the ACHE Research Institute Health and Wellness Center. Spots are limited, so register now!
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City Play Day - August 7
A family event filled with activities, local organizations, food, drinks, and more! Spend valuable family time at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park as the kids' summer break slowly comes to a close.
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Mental Health First Aid Training - August 12
The Guidance Center is having a training session, teaching common signs of mental health challenges, how to connect a person with help, and more.
Read more
Keep up with local events and meetings using our calendar!
Alternatively, scan the QR code below!
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