ArkansasGives.org is a 12-hour online giving event April 6, 2017 sponsored by Arkansas Community Foundation.

You can help grow the love for the Girls Shelter of Fort Smith by making a donation between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

We’re challenging all Arkansans to make a donation on a single day in recognition of the vital work that the Girls Shelter does. Whether it’s tutoring, teaching daily living skills, loving or counseling the Girls Shelter makes a difference in the lives of it’s residents.  The work of the Girls Shelter of Fort Smith affects every citizen and helps improve our community. ArkansasGives is a chance for our state to say thanks!

As a special incentive to give, each gift made through ArkansasGives on April 6, 2017 will be matched with additional bonus dollars; the more you give, the more bonus dollars we will receive.


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, educational advancement, and 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”.