From October 29th, 2011

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HOPE NWA 2011…grace

On Tuesday of last week we had the distinct privilege of serving alongside some amazing NW Arkansas organizations and incredible people to participate in HOPE NWA 2011.  Final numbers will be released soon, but we are told that over 350 families/people were served during the one day resource event held at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.

HOPE NWA 2011 began 3 years ago by Dr. Kevin Fitzpatrick, Professor and Jones Chair in Community Director, Community and Family Institute, and it is incredible to see how the community has come alongside to support those in need.

We had the opportunity to talk briefly with…

Chloe Seal, 3 Bags in 2 Days

During the bag distribution, Chloe also asked people to share their thoughts on the one thing they wanted the world to know about them.  Truly beautiful to see the hope that was present in those words.

Brittney Moore of Shear Kindness & O’Shay, Owner of Black Sheep Salon

This event would not have been possible with all the incredible people behind the scenes who helped make it happen.  It’s just another example of how incredible our NW Arkansas community is and the lengths they will go to to help those in need.

If you would like more information on how you can participate with 3 Bags in 2 Days or Shear Kindness, please visit their initiative pages for more information

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Homeless Students in Fayetteville Public Schools

This past week we had the pleasure of having Mark Horvath, founder of InvisiblePeople.tv, come back to Northwest Arkansas for a short visit.  Mark first visited NW Arkansas in 2009 to share his story at 1,287 Stand Up & Be Counted Homeless Awareness Rally.

Mark had an opportunity to sit down with Marian Riner, Families in Transition Coordinator for the Fayetteville Public Schools, to talk with her about how the Fayetteville Public Schools are caring for students in their school district who are homeless.

Full blog post: Homeless Kids in Public Schools: Interview with Marian Riner, School Social Worker

For more information on how you can help homeless families in our community, please your school’s homeless services coordinator (believe it or not, every school has one).