In the mid-1990’s the Junior League of Fort Smith asked this initial question–their study revealed the sobering conclusion that local children in crisis were being taken to shelters in northwest sectors of the state. Often this transfer would occur in the middle of the night, further traumatizing an already disturbed child. Additional stress was put upon the children when they were removed from their school system and familiar settings.
Founded by the Junior League of Fort Smith, designed by The Hill Group, and built by Charles Mock, The Fort Smith Children’s Shelter opened its doors to the homeless children of our community in October 1997.
Fort Smith’s Children’s Shelter is celebrating 24 years. Help us shelter our children from the storm.
– CES Board President, Chuck Stanick