Homelessness

In anticipation of the 9th annual Run for Veterans Race, 7Hills Homeless Shelter CEO Jessica Andrews speaks with Pete Hartman in the Nancy Blair Operations Studio. 

The four-mile run started in 2009 as a way to commemorate veterans and service members on Independence Day. Since 2010 the proceeds of the race have gone to 7Hills, which provides services to veterans and low-income veteran families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. 

The Fayetteville High School student council is holding its 19th annual homeless vigil on Dec. 7. On that night students will sleep outside in makeshift housing, as a way to better understand the realities of homelessness. The vigil raises money to support Families in Transition (FIT), a program run through the Fayetteville Public School System that aids homeless children and families. 

For two decades, the M & N Augustine Foundation has served meals to Northwest Arkansas residents. The organization, located on 15th street in Fayetteville, feeds the homeless, veterans and anyone in need of a meal, every Tuesday night at 5:30 P.M. 

Carl Dunn, a volunteer for the foundation stopped in to tell Pete Hartman about M & N's mission and the International Festival fundraiser on Nov. 11. 

For more information on the event or to get involved go to www.mnaugustinefoundation.org

courtesy: ServeNWA

The Fayetteville Planning Commission is considering a proposal submitted by ServeNWA for a homeless community called New Beginnings that would provide micro-shelters to those in need of somewhere to sleep. Kevin Fitzpatrick, who is the director of the University of Arkansas' Community Family Institute and is a board member for ServeNWA, says the micro-shelters would serve as a stepping stone between homelessness and a permanent residence like an apartment.

 

COURTESY / CHRIS JOANNIDES

The Riverview Hope Campus in Fort Smith opened on Sept. 29 with a capacity of 105 beds, but the homeless shelter was almost full within days, a milestone the shelter's executive director did not expect to make until a couple months from now. Besides a place to sleep, the facility also has a Mercy health clinic, a laundry room and a cafeteria that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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