From January, 2010

“Present in the City”

We would like to invite everyone to a special gathering of the Cobblestone Project.  It will be an evening to pause, to celebrate and be a community that is present.

We are finding that being “Present in the City” may be one of the most difficult things to do; however, we know that loving and serving our Community begins with being present.

Our Guests

We have invited Greg & Michele Russinger to be our guests for the evening and share their story of what it means to be “Present in the City”.  Greg and Michelle are Founders of Just One and currently live in Portland with their two children.

Just One is a non profit organization that was formed to stimulate greater global awareness about extreme poverty, and to provoke compassionate ideas and intelligent giving in order to provide sustainable relief. Just One is a collective voice for the victims of social injustice––the one(s) living in geographical and situational poverty; the one(s) orphaned through death, disease and desertion; the one(s) trafficked into slavery throughout the world.

Just One is also responsible for the creation of Laundry Love, One Voice to End Slavery, A Trash Can can make a Difference, On Bike with Love and a number of other incredible initiatives.

Evening Details

(There is no charge for the evening; however, a roll of quarters or a box of laundry detergent would be accepted if you decided to bring one)

Laundry Love Springdale Update

From Jennifer…


Just wanted to say “thank you” so much for serving alongside us this Saturday. In addition to washing 67 loads of laundry, we were able to…

  • provide a hot lunch & a warm place to seek refuge from the cold
  • give a young lady a warm coat
  • provide many families with groceries
  • connect one young lady with the emergency dental service at SCC. Her mother has a bad tooth & no dental insurance so has been unable to pay for treatment.
  • send many families home with extra soup (from World Garden)
  • provide families with shampoo, conditioner & soap
  • and brighten up children’s faces with toys, books & crafts!

I know many more acts of kindness happened at the laundromat through kind words, helping hands, & smiles!

God Bless you all for taking Laundry Love way beyond washing clothes!

~Springdale LLP

What an incredible community that is forming through Sprindale Laundry Love…inspiring to hear how grace & dignity flows through the “smallest” things

If you would like to get involved in Laundry Love in NW Arkansas, please visit the Laundry Love initiative page. 

Matt Miller Exclusive Art Showcase benefiting Our Step initiative

With winter weather upon NW Arkansas, the need for shelter and housing is in the spotlight.

The Our Step Housing Initiative has been the receipient of so much incredible energy as the Christmas Matching Gift final results are coming in shortly. 

We are happy to have more help to add to the momentum as the Our Step initiative will be the recipient of proceeds from Matt Miller‘s exclusive showcase on Jan 20th.

Matt is showcased in the January issue of CitiScapes Magazine and his work is loved by so many people both within our community and across the US.  We are so appreciative to Matt and the team at CitiScapes for their support and encouragement to serve NW Arkansas.

It will be a special evening, so come and enjoy an evening filled with incredible art while you meet some new friends.

Event Information:

On Wednesay January 20, Ruth’s Chris Wednesday will feature Matt Miller, local artist known for his bold color palate and curiously faceted lines that shape his portrayal of music legends, abstract silhouettes and experimental works.

Whether you’re looking to build your collection, expand your artistic horizon or meet Matt and mingle over amazing cocktails and appetizers, this will be a cultural Northwest Arkansas event you will want to mark on your calendar!

A charitable donation of 15% of all artwork and lounge sales will be donated to the Our Step initiative, a collaborative housing project with the Cobblestone Project and agencies such as Seven Hills homeless shelter, Samaritan Community Center, and NW Arkansas Women’s Shelter.

Complimentary light hors d’ oeuvres will be passed from 5:30-6:30.

Update on Seven Hills Homeless Center Winter Shelter Opening

Quick update from Michael at Seven Hills on their opening to handle overflow shelter needs during extreme NW Arkansas cold weather.

Update from Brad Godwin…

In the past 24 hours, Northwest Arkansas has heard there was a need and responded above and beyond what we could have ever hoped or imagined.  
All day long 7 Hills Homeless Center was flooded with donations of pillows, blankets, sheets, cots, sleeping bags, coats, and food.  It is amazing to see a community be called to action and respond abundantly.
Last night we housed over 20 individuals who would have otherwise been out in the freezing temperatures.  
The appreciation level has been unbelievable by the guests staying with us. This video is an update of what has happened the last 24 hours here at 7 Hills and some next steps of things we need moving forward.  
Thanks again for living out true authentic community.
livin the dream

Volunteer Opportunities are still available and you can sign up to help by checking the

Cobblestone Project Volunteer Hub


Photos from Cobblestone Project Green Room at D.C. (December 2009)

December’s Cobblestone Project Green Room was a great evening in a new great location.  The Green Room was held at the Cobblestone Project D.C. (distribution & collection) space that will be used to support the various initiatives of the Cobblestone Project and other Non-Profit agencies & initiatives (i.e. Our Step).

December’s Green Room covered the Our Step Christmas Matching Gift Opportunity, the goals & objectives of the D.C., Cobblestone Project Volunteer Hub and time for initiative breakouts.

Next Green Room will be on January 17th at the Cobblestone Project D.C (if there is room).

Photos courtesy of