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Join us on October 1st for our Fifth Annual Fall Flower Fundraiser

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Join Us April 7th for Arkansas Gives

On April 7, 2016 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., all Arkansans are asked to give to the charities of their choice. During this one-day event, each donation you give will help your favorite nonprofit organizations qualify for additional bonus dollars from Arkansas Community Foundation. All participating nonprofits will receive a portion of a pool of bonus dollars provided by Arkansas Community Foundation; the more a nonprofit raises, the more of the bonus dollars it will receive.

Please remember The Girls Shelter of Fort Smith on April 7th. Donate online only: https://www.arkansasgives.org/organizations/girls-shelter-of-fort-smith-ar-inc

Rhonda Vincent Concert Tickets on Sale Now

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage will be performing at ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center 55 South 7th Street
Fort Smith, AR on Saturday April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  Proceeds will benefit the Girls Shelter of Fort Smith.

Purchase Tickets

Rhonda Vincent

Don’t miss your chance to see the most award winning band in bluegrass music.  Rhonda Vincent and The Rage has received more than 100 awards in the last 15 years.  Their most successful album, The Storm Still Rages was released in 2001 and was nominated for 7 international Bluegrass Music Association awards, in addition to several instrumental nominations for individual band members.  Their success rocketed Vincent to recognition and she was awarded IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, a title she should continue to hold for 7 straight years.

Thank you Smith Chevrolet for donating $100.00 to our shelter for every car sold in the month of November!

WHERE SHELTERING IS JUST THE BEGINNING

The Girls Shelter of Fort Smith opened in 1970 as a temporary emergency shelter. Since then, the shelter has developed and grown onto a long-term residential treatment facility. In April 2002, a new 7,000 square-foot facility was built on a two-acre lot at South 26th and Quincy. The shelter is licensed for nine girls, ages 12 – 17 years old. Residents volunteer

for other United Way agencies during the summer.

The Girls shelter strives to develop its residents into responsible citizens and community members. The girls are:

  • Taught social and independent living skills.
  • Given a sense of self-worth and taught to be responsible for their actions and decisions.
  • Taught job skills and money management by working summer jobs.
  • Required to attend and take an active part in school.
  • Given individual treatment plans including structured goals and objectives.
  • Provided counseling.
  • The long-term goal of the Girls Shelter is to reunite the resident with her family.

OUR MISSION

Is to provide a safe,encouraging atmosphere in a residential setting for underprivileged females aged 12 – 17 years; to
promote positive behaviors,character enhancement and educational advancement; to reunite with family.

Many of our residents have had a less than desirable childhood. Common histories include physical and sexual abuse,
parents with drug issues, parents in prison and homelessness.

We teach personal responsibility, independent living skills and  positive social skills. We  provide case management,
individual and family counseling.

We provide a safe home environment, all food, transportation, personal items, and clothing. They receive individual and family counseling.

As one Board member put it, “we have one year to pour all the good into them we can possibly give them”.