The Fort Smith Children’s Shelter Independent Living Program, GetREAL24, provides 24 fully-furnished, one-bedroom apartment units for eligible young adults. This living opportunity, along with other GetREAL24 services, will equip foster youth with the life skills needed to successfully transition into adulthood and become self-sufficient, contributing citizens.

Who is eligible?

Arkansas foster youth who are preparing to “age out” OR foster youth 18 and older with a vision and desire to succeed.

Safe & Reliable Housing

Each resident lives in a one-bedroom, full-furnished apartment in the 24-unit apartment complex

Permanent Connections

Positive youth development, community engagement, mentorship opportunities and sponsor families


Transition to independence with a self-sufficiency plan that includes post-secondary education and vocational resources

Social & Emotional Well-Being

Mental and physical health and trauma resources


Job resources and apprenticeship opportunities


There are many ways for you to support the GetREAL24 program outside of financial contributions. As a GetREAL24 volunteer, you have the chance teach impact a young adult’s life by teaching a life skill, being a mentor, becoming a sponsor family, providing transportation, and more. Apply to become a volunteer today!

Aging Out of Foster Care

1 in 5 foster youth who “age out” will become homeless

Only 3% of former foster youth will earn a college degree

Only half of youth who “age out” will be employed at the age of 24

235 of Arkansas youth “aged out” of foster care in 2018…where did they go?