Curtis…surrounded by A Community Without Need

We don’t get to post many stories from the Our Step program. If you know anything about the program, then you know that most of our friends that enter the program are dealing with issues of domestic violence and  we try to be as sensitive as possible during these times. Our latest candidate, Curtis entered the program 4 months ago (if you haven’t heard his story I recommend you watch his video). Curtis is currently an employee of the Samaritan Community Center (SAMCC) and was on the verge of becoming homeless.  His co-workers began to spend time with him, heard his story and were moved...

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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,...

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Curtis…

..the Our Step program has been quietly moving forward over the past year, and this month we have the unique privilege of being able to share publicly Curtis’s story of hope. Curtis is the 7th Our Step candidate to enter the program & it is a true honor to come alongside him during this season of his life to watch his story of hope come to life.  Curtis now has a job at the Samaritan Thrift Shop, a place to call home through Our Step, and most importantly a new outlook on life. Our Step is a collaborative housing initiative started by Seven Hills Homeless Shelter, Northwest ...

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NW Arkansas Point-in-Time Homeless Census Final Report

On Monday, the Community and Family Institute is located in the University of Arkansasʼ Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice released the final Northwest Arkansas Point-in-Time Homeless Census Report. We would ask everyone in Northwest Arkansas take the time to read the final & full report as this may be one of our greatest tools in serving those who are homeless in Northwest Arkansas. You can download the report by following this link Northwest Arkansas Point-in-Time Homeless Census 2011 Report Summary of 2011 Point-in-Time Census Numbers. It is estimated that on any given...

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January Cobblestone Project Update

The Farm The 2011 season for The Farm is underway! It is hard to believe the opportunities that have presented themselves over the past few months and we are truly excited about what is ahead. We are excited to announce that the Cobblestone Project Farm is moving to Fayetteville.  New Heights Church in Fayetteville has graciously donated the use of 10 acres of their land in West Fayetteville to be the new home of the farm. This move will greatly expand the scope of The Farm to include:  expanded food production capacity, work share programs to create commerce & jobs,...

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Don’s story

On behalf of the many people & organizations that have made this possible, it is with great joy that we share Don’s story from hopelessness to hope. Don’s story still has many roads left to walk that will not be easy; however, he can now take that “next step” with a roof over his head and a community in support. Our Step is a collaborative partnership with the University of Arkansas Community & Family Institute, Seven Hills Homeless Center, Samaritan Community Center, NW Arkansas Women’s shelter, the Cobblestone Project and the NW Arkansas...

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