From September, 2009

Change.org Article – “Sleep Out for the Homeless: Worst Fundraiser Ever”

Change.org Article “Sleep Out for the Homeless: Worst Fundraiser Ever” by Dominic Mapstone is an incredible perspective on how homelessness awareness sleep outs can be used in the wrong way.  Here is the opening paragraph…

“Sleep-Outs for the Homeless” are staged around the globe to raise money and awareness for homeless. But don’t let the name fool you – instead of being a gritty, real-life glimpse into the devastation of homelessness, they are simply glorified slumber parties. (click to read more)

Additionally, we are truly humbled by Mark Horvath’s comments at the end of the article regarding his trip here and his involvement in the 1,287 Stand Up & Be Counted event.

The 1,287 event was a real bridge in our community because of incredible people like Mark Horvath creator of InvisiblePeople.tv, Jon Woodward of Seven Hills Homeless Shelter, Angie Albright of the NW Arkansas Women’s Shelter, Debbie Rambo of the Samaritan Community Center and Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick of the University of Arkansas Community and Family Institute.

For information & video on the 1,287 event, visit the 1,287 Stand Up & Be Counted initiative page.

Again, a huge thanks to all the people who made it happen especially to Dustin Murphy, Rob Apple and Katelyn Graves.  Some incredible things that have come from it.

You can also follow David Lanier who is homeless in Fayetteville, Arkansas and is blogging on NWA Homelessness.

For more information on how to get involved with the Cobblestone Project, you may attend one of our Green Room’s or send an email to info@cobblestoneproject.org

…reflections on Shear Kindness

We had the opportunity to sit and chat with Chandra Perkins, the owner of Mia Bella Salon in Bentonville and founding partner of Shear Kindness, to hear her story and reflections on the initiative she and Brittney Moore created as a way to serve those in need.

Shear Kindness started in Aug of 2008 (click for story), and was created as a way of providing professional salon treatment to women and children who are in a crisis time of their lives, specifically those who come from backgrounds of abuse and neglect.

Listen in…

Shear Kindness started with a haircut but it has become about so much more.  Through this idea people are acting with the hope of becoming a part of the healing process through the restoration of outer beauty.  However, the true motivation is the desire to restore the inner beauty and to reveal the greater image that lives within us all.

One year later, Shear Kindness is now moving forward thanks to many stylists just like Chandra, countless volunteers and gracious supports.  It’s a total team effort and we look forward to sharing their stories in the months to come.


For more information on how to get involved in Shear Kindness, you may visit the Initiative page or send an email to ShearKindness@CobblestoneProject.org.

the Incredible Hearts of Bella Vista…

On Sept 12th, Sue Rowen, Pat Okeson, Mary Middleton and Jan Horswell represented Cobblestone Project at the Bella Vista Community Outreach Fair and it was beautiful. Browse a few pictures and then read on…

…we are honored and humbled by the incredible actions of these incredible ladies. Their hearts and actions are moving communities to love unconditionally and serve our neighbors in need. Truly inspiring.

At the fair these ladies showcased the various initiatives to include Shear Kindness, Laundry Love Project, Our Step and the Harvest feeding program with World Garden in Bentonville. They shared the needs to support both World Garden’s efforts and the needs to help the Our Step program such as household items, furniture, etc. And, it’s incredible because we are already seeing the benefit with people coming forward with items to give away through these initiatives!

We are so deeply grateful to these ladies for what they did, and we know without a shadow of a doubt that what is ahead is going to be incredible. We are deeply indebted and so thankful that they have come alongside to be a part of “building a Community without Need”.

a World Garden kind of day and they weren’t even open.

Sunday evening a small group of people gathered at a closed restaurant to reverse the usual flow of business and provide free food to those who are hungry in NW Arkansas.  With effortless motion, Cobblestone Project Green Room is Sept 20th @ 5:30 pm in Fayetteville (click for directions).  We will be sharing stories of this evening and planning and coordinating the next few month’s activities.  All are welcome.
 

Siloam Spring Laundry Love Project…Beautiful Provision

Siloam Springs Laundry Love officially kicked off Sept 4th at the Soap Opera Laundromat on South Lincoln Street…here is a recap and pictures from that night…


Siloam Springs’ first Laundry Love was all about anticipation and provision coming together.

Our small volunteer team arrived with great expectations, but left with even greater hope as everything came together to make this a memorable night.

We were blessed to have a man (who came to the laundromat to take part in Laundry Love) take on the much needed role of translator for some of our Spanish speaking guest. He was able to provide a critical bridge of communication so that everyone could participate in this night.

Big thanks to the Laundromat staff who were also a big help in providing the information we needed to make the Soap Opera Laundromat our new Friday night home.

The kids–especially a little girl with a sweet smile, provided the energy we needed to help make the anticipation of the night come alive.

The volunteers provided the caring hands and hearts that showed love and consideration for everyone there.

The gratefulness of the many families who came provided that overwhelming sense of what it means to give, to love, and to help others in such a simple way.

The quarters, given by the generosity of others, provided the funds to which this adventure would not otherwise be possible.

We were so excited to see how everything came together and what beautiful provision we had been given for all things needed.

We left that night, tired—the good kind of tired.

Many of the guest who came asked questions about the next one, and they were sure to tell us that they know of others they will be bringing — people, like them, who just need a little help during a chaotic time.

We can’t wait to watch it happen all over again!


The next Siloam Spring Laundry Love will be held on Oct 2nd beginning at 6:00 pm.  For more detail on how to get involved in NW Arkansas, visit the Laundry Love initiative page for details and contact information.

Thank are so many people to thank for making this become reality…we love and appreciate you all.

(Laundry Love Project was created by Just One and to-date there are over 50+ Laundry Love Projects both across the US and around the world)

Laundry Love Project & Shear Kindness…together for the first time

You could tell it is back to school time again. We had all the machines filled up by start time and already people were waiting for more washers to open up. When school is in session, the burden just increases more.

We were so excited to have Chandra from Mia Bella Salon come and provide haircuts for the kids. Chandra has been a big part of another Cobblestone initiative called Shear Kindness. The goal of Shear Kindness is to provide a professional haircut to people in the community to help in the restoration of dignity and respect. You should have seen how excited the kids were to get their haircut, it was awesome! They couldn’t wait to show it off to their family and friends. We asked Chandra throughout the night if she wanted to take a break, but she just wanted to serve those kids and provide as many haircuts as she could. In a couple of hours, Chandra gave about 12 kids an awesome haircut and a big smile!

Our friends from First National Bank of Rogers brought their grill and cooked up a fitting end of summer feast of hamburgers and hot dogs. After dinner, they continued to serve and build relationships. What an awesome group of people!  We will be running over and talking with them in the next few days to really find out what motivates this incredible team to serve their community….more coming soon.

The night was ever more so humbling, as it was the beginning of the Labor Day weekend. For many of us, this is a time to relax and celebrate the extra time off from our jobs. For many of those at LLP it is quite a different story. Some of the guests have full time jobs but can’t afford to take a day off. Others can only find work here or there or not at all. One of our regular guests just had her 3rd baby a few weeks before and asked if we knew if there were any businesses hiring. It breaks your heart to know that she doesn’t have the luxury of maternity leave to enjoy those first few months with her new baby.
 

Thank you to all the volunteers, Chandra and FNB Rogers. Hopefully one day we’ll show up and the laundrymat will be empty. Until then, see you next month.


For more information on how to get involved in Laundry Love in NW Arkansas, visit the intiative page or send an email to llp@cobblestoneproject.org.