Board of Realtors Raises $11,200 for Local Non Profit

Fort Smith, Ark.: On Friday, January 19, a Gala was held to raise awareness and funds for The Riverview Hope Campus. The Board was able to raise $11,200 for Hope Campus by selling almost 200 tickets, purchasing and donating a ‘Cruise for 2’, and holding a small auction. The Riverview Hope Campus, established in 2017, […]

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Local Business Helps Non Profit Recoup Funds

Fort Smith, Ark.: When Josh Niles, owner of Elevate Trampoline Park, heard that $33,000 had been cut from Riverview Hope Campus funding, he decided to help. Elevate Trampoline will be donating a percentage of every ticket sale through the end of the year to the Hope Campus to help fund their mission.    The Hope […]

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Riverview Hope Campus Hires Executive Director

  Rigorous Nationwide Search Yields Highly Qualified Leader Fort Smith, AR: The Riverview Hope Campus, a social services campus slated to open Fall 2017, has announced the selection of Chris Joannides as its Executive Director.  Joannides holds a Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Wyoming. He reports to Hope Campus Monday, March […]

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Riverview Hope Campus Announces Construction Start Date

  Fort Smith, Ark. — Construction on the building that will house the Riverview Hope Campus will begin Thursday, October 6, 2016. After many years of preparation, this center for non-profit organizations will be officially underway.  The project, started by the Old Fort Homeless Coalition, is set to be completed in time for a fall 2017 […]

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2015 Point-In-Time Count

Unsheltered Homeless Numbers On The Rise   The Old Fort Homeless Coalition  released the results of the 2015 Point-In-Time count, which shows that the number of unsheltered homeless in 2015 increased compared from 2014 by 11%. The 2015 surveys show 179 people are homeless in the River Valley, with 92 of those unsheltered. In 2014, there were 185 people homeless […]

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State Funding Comes Through For ‘Hope Campus’ In Fort Smith

It was announced Wednesday that the Arkansas Development Finance Authority approved $695,000 worth of grants for a future homeless and social services campus in downtown Fort Smith, setting the stage for phase one of the multi-million dollar effort. To build what it calls Riverview Hope Campus, the Old Fort Homeless Coalition plans to purchase a 7.5-acre property […]

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Tabitha

At sixteen, Tabitha met someone while working at a fast food restaurant. He introduced her to meth. She loved the high, and used a lot through high school. At nineteen she was pregnant and stopped doing meth during her pregnancy, but started back after giving birth to lose weight. By twenty, Tabitha discovered using meth […]

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Lucky

Lucky lived without a home for fifteen years. The last ten were here in Fort Smith where he lived with many others on the river. Lucky’s homelessness wasn’t by his choice. He developed an illness that made working difficult and eventually impossible. He was used to work and had held construction jobs for most of […]

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