Community Partners

Meets the blood supply needs of the community.

Grace hosts the blood drive during morning church services to make giving blood convenient to those who wish to participate in donating. Arkansas Blood Institute visits Grace 5-6 times a year.

(479) 431-5933
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Grace Contact: Jeanette Sterling
Supports and promotes trained court appointed volunteers to represent the best interest of an abused or neglected child for whom a placement is being determined by the juvenile court.

CASA volunteers are needed to represent abused or neglected children.
What to expect as a volunteer:
• 30 hours of pre-service training, plus an additional 8-12 hours of court room observation.
• Being assigned one or two cases a month requiring 10-15 hours of service.
• To have a flexible schedule.
• Being able to commit to a case for its duration, usually about one year.

1216 Towson Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 785-4171
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Grace Contact: Kim Green
Provides short-term emergency shelter to children ages 6-17 who have been removed from their family environment due to family dysfunction, abuse, neglect, runaway situations, or other social problems. The CES allows children in crisis the opportunity to JUST BE KIDS!

• Volunteer (service projects, teach life skills, transport, fundraisers, etc.)
• Mentor (spend time with our young adults weekly)
• Sponsor Family (provide a place to feel at home during the holidays, birthday celebrations, etc.)

• Daily needs (updated needs list on our website)
• Financial support (donate button on website)
• Host a fundraiser (Click HERE for ideas)

3015 South 14th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(870) 514-0381
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Grace Contact: Jacqui Shelton
A non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing clothing to needy students in grades K-12 in the Fort Smith school district. Children must be referred to the closet by their principal, teacher, or school counselor.

• Volunteers to collect, sort, and launder donated clothing

• Donate children's clothing

PO Box 1008
Fort Smith, AR 72907-0008
(479) 285-0066 - Clothing Closet

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Grace Contact: Jeannie Carroll
Community Rescue Mission strives to instill hope and empower lives while offering Christ-like hospitality and care by providing safe shelter, meals, and needed support to help people get back on their feet as quickly as possible.
• Group to provide assistance shopping on 1st and 3rd weeks of the month.
• Transportation to and from the boys and girls club.
• Provide treats and/or gifts for birthday parties.
• Financial support

310 North F Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 782-1443
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Church Contact: Kathleen Halliburton
The Community Service Clearinghouse assists cancer patients, the elderly, the disabled, children, and working families. They have a food pantry that consists of non-perishables, fresh, and frozen foods. The Clearinghouse is best known in the area as the provider of the MEALS FOR KIDS Backpack Program. Each week they prepare and distribute over 2,800 backpacks of food to children in the area schools so they have food for the weekend.

• Volunteer (groups or individuals)
• Service projects (painting, landscaping, etc.)>br> • Fundraising events

• Host food drives
• Backpack food items
• Financial support (Paypal option available)

4420 Wheeler Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72902
(479) 782-5074
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Church Contact: Chuck Goux
The Families in Transition Program ensures that the educational rights and needs are met of children and youth who are experiencing homelessness.

• Stuff backpacks with school supplies
• Many opportunities available with the "Toy Drive" listed under "Other Partners" below

• Donations: school supplies, hygiene products, under garments, etc.

811 North T Street
Fort Smith, AR 72904
(479) 784-8182 ext. 3529
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Grace Contact: Jeannie Carroll
The Fort Smith Children's Emergency Shelter Independent Living Program, GetREAL24, provides a fully-furnished, one-bedroom apartment to young adults, ages 18 and older, who have "aged out" of foster care. GetREAL24 provides the support and resources to help these young adult transition to independence and become successful, contributing members of society.

• Volunteer (teach life skills, transport, tutor, etc.)
• Mentor (weekly)
• Be a sponsor family (provide a place to feel at home during the holidays, birthday celebrations, etc.)

3015 South 14th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 783-0018
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Grace Contact: Jacqui Shelton
Help keep the community clean by picking up trash along Highway 71 South. It is a one mile area stretching from 1/2 mile in each direction of McDonald's.

Volunteers are needed to pick up trash four times a year. Information on dates will be posted in the bulletin.

Church Contact: Serve Team

Provides education for economically disadvantaged children in the area, regardless of race, creed, color or ethnic origin while cultivating spiritual awareness and dedication to Christian values. In addition, Interfaith Community Preschool ministers to the families of students by providing ESL (English as a second language) classes, parenting classes, and food and clothing assistance to those in need.

• Be a “Special Friend” (Provide cake/gift on birthday and toy/clothing item at Christmas.)
• Interpreters
• Classroom aides
• Art instruction
• Field trip supervision
• Story-time helpers
• Play musical instruments

• Be a Sponsor (Groups or individuals may become a sponsor.)
• Donations
• Memorial gifts
• Food
• Supplies
• Equipment
• Endowment fund gifts (Except a food grant from the State of Arkansas)

Contact: Ann Law
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Grace Contact: Gail Swearington
Provides food assistance to single parent households through hot meals served every Saturday and an after school snack program.

The After School Snack Program provides a healthy snack, drink, 15 minute activity, and homework assistance. Currently serving between 120-160 children 5 days a week.

Every Saturday they serve a hot meal to the public. Approximately 100 people are served with approximately 150-175 plates served.

• Groups or individuals to help serving and preparing hot meals. Grace currently serves the 2nd Saturday of every month.
• Assist with clothing closet (open 6 days a week)

• Financial support

3500 N 6th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72904
(479) 461-2513
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Grace Contace: Diane Nix
Provides, through a network of regional partners, comprehensive services to impoverished individuals and families in the River Valley to help transform lives and to strengthen the community. Hope Campus addresses acute needs, as well as, helps individuals identify root causes of the challenges they face so that these individuals can pursue a path to self-sufficiency.

• Join Grace members to serve a meal the 2nd Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month
• Various positions available

• Financial support
• Wal-Mart gift cards, razors, shaving cream, socks, underwear, q-tips, etc.

301 South E Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 668-4764
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Grace Contact: Susan Mixson
The mission of the Salvation Army is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. We fulfill this mission in the greater Fort Smith region through a variety of programs including housing & homeless services, as well as, hunger relief through food boxes and our Red Shield Diner--serving breakfast and dinner 365 days a year.

Contact the Salvation Army for various opportunities.

301 North 6th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 783-6145
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Grace Contact: Hahns Fisher
Strives to end violence and strengthen families by offering Safety, Training, Education, Prevention, and Solutions that promote healthy, violence-free environments for foster children and their parents.

• Volunteers are needed throughout the year for various events and fundraisers.
• Grant writer
• Prayers

• A wish list is available on the website with items such as: diapers, toiletries, cleaing supplies, toys, etc.

706 Garrison Avenue
Fort Smith, AR 72901
(479) 782-7837
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Grace Contact: Shelton Sargent
The CALL recruits, trains, and supports individuals or couples who wish to provide a temporary fostering service or adoption to children who cannot live with their families. Currently the number of children needing placement greatly outnumbers the amount of foster homes in Sebastian county.

• Become a foster family
• Adult and youth childcare workers needed during informational meetings
• Fundraising participation
• Hospitality team (preparing meals for events)
• Prayer team (commit to praying)

Additional volunteer needs can be viewed by clicking HERE

5008 S U St.
Suite 201 A
Fort Smith, AR 72903
(479) 353-0767
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Grace Contact: Emily Treadaway
The Next Step Homeless Services not only affords people a safe refuge from the street, it also provides a myriad of services ranging from individual case management, hot meals, job counseling, psychological assessment, life-skills training, bicycle rentals, phone availability with after-hours messaging, mail service, budgeting classes, anger management classes and assistance with affordable housing searches.

• Landscaping projects around houses
• Cleaning houses upon clients moving out
• Mentorship to clients interested in Bible Study or Christian Services
• Cooking meals for holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc.)
• Serving breakfast and/or lunch
• General cleaning
• Specialized Projects

• Housing Decor (Bedding, towels, wall decor, etc.)
• Cleaning Supplies (Laundry detergent, trash bags, kitchen/bathroom cleaners, etc.)
• Hygiene Kits (Underwear, deodorant, soap, shampoo, razors, toothpaste, etc.)
• General Needs for Homeless (sleeping bags, tents, propane, umbrellas, ponchos, etc.)

123 North 6th Street, Suite 200
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
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Grace Contact: Brittney Drost

Other Partners

Help fill the needs of local organizations within the community during the holiday season. Grace supports the following organizations: Community Rescue Mission, Children's Emergency Shelter, Next Step Homeless Service, The CALL, Children's Service League, and STEPS.

Donations are collected the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Information will be available in the bulletin during this time. Some of the items collected include: diapers, toiletries, cleaning supplies, kitchen utensils, etc.

Grace Contact: Lance McReynolds
This group demonstrates God's love by sending out cards of encouragement to those experiencing illness, loss, or similar issues. Sending cards is an economical and convenient way to show those in need that someone cares.

WHEN: Group meets the last Tuesday of the month (cards are sent throughout the month)
TIME: 5:30pm
WHERE: Activity Center

Grace Contact: Susan Mixson
Phone: (479) 719-0117
This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month to knit prayer shawls and purple hats. The purple hats are knitted throughout the year to promote Shaken Baby Syndrome and distributed annually to a hospital of choice where they are given to a newborn's parents. Prayer shawls are knitted and placed in the church office for church members to request and distribute to people in need. All skill levels are welcome with lessons for beginners being provided. In addition, supplies are available or participants may choose to bring their own.

WHEN: 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month
TIME: 1:00pm
WHERE: Activity Center

Grace Contact: Mary Carter
Phone: 479-651-3289
Help provide a meal to the families of children ages 21 and under who are being treated at Mercy Hospital. Currently this group provides a meal for 20 people the last Thursday of each month. Be a part of serving these families by cooking a portion of the meal or by contributing monetary donations.

WHEN: Last Thursday of the month
WHERE: Meal is delivered to the Ronald McDonald House at Mercy Hospital

Grace Contact: Susie Hill
Phone: 479-221-3333
A church-wide event held during the Christmas season to share the love of Christ by giving toys or clothing to underprivileged children. The names of these children come from the Families in Transition (FIT) program which is part of the Fort Smith Public School District.

WHEN: Begins the week before Thanksgiving with toys and clothing being distributed the third week in December.
HOW IT WORKS: A Christmas tree is set up in the church lobby decorated with the names of children who do not have a permanent home. To those who desire to spread joy by means of giving a toy or clothing item, they may select a name from the tree. It is recommended that each tag have a maximum spending limit of $50.

• Set up Christmas tree
• Make name tags
• Man table to help others who wish to make a selection
• Sort gifts
• Distribute gifts

• Select a name from the Christmas tree
• Purchase baked goods from the bake sale the week before Thanksgiving. Baked goods will be available during morning worship services. This money helps to purchase gifts for the children whose names were not selected.

Grace Contact: Diane Nix

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