Next Step Homeless Services Receives Arvest Foundation Grant

Thursday, August 23 at 09:00 AM
Category: Arvest Community News

The Next Step Day Room in Fort Smith will build the Jack Bradley Freedom House that will house a veteran and their family thanks to a $5,000 donation from the Arvest Foundation.

The gift was announced today at the Next Step Day Room in Fort Smith. Amy Sights of Arvest Bank was on hand to present the check.

The Next Step Homeless Services not only affords people a safe refuge from the street, but also provides a myriad of services ranging from individual case management, hot meals, job counseling, psychological assessment, life-skills training, phone availability with after-hours messaging, mail service, budgeting classes, anger management classes, transitional housing and assistance with affordable housing searches. 

The Arvest Foundation donation will go toward the Next Step Homeless Services transitional housing program. This home will specifically house a homeless veteran and their family. 

“The Arvest Foundation’s generosity is an important step in completing this project and helping to create the only single-family, veteran transitional house in this region of Arkansas,” said Kim Wohlford, executive director of Next Step.

“We on the board of Next Step Homeless Services are pleased to receive this generous donation from the Arvest Foundation. Arvest has proven to be an important community supporter in Fort Smith. We appreciate our partnership with them in our efforts to eradicate homelessness in our area,” said Sharon Chapman, board president of Next Step.

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to support the Next Step Day Room efforts to provide transitional housing to homeless clients in this area.” Sights said.

Tags: Arvest Foundation, Fort Smith
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