For many, a college diploma is something that we rarely think about. Maybe it's in a drawer, maybe it hangs on a wall in your office, often its taken for granted. But for the recipients of Single Parent Scholarships a college diploma opens a door to a future that many thought were out of reach for them. Since 1984 hundreds of single moms and dads in Arkansas have obtained their dreams of higher education that has led them to careers that are enabling them to provide for their children.
For most parents a trip to the movies with the kids is a pretty typical occasion. But for some families going to the movies is something they've only dreamed of, until AIM made it possible for them.
It's hard to pay attention to much of anything when you walk into a room and are greeting by a great big smile and deep brown eyes from the cutest 7 month old little boy. Elohim grabbed my attention the moment I saw him. A sweet baby, with a happy disposition, we became fast friends as I listened to his mom, Stephanie tell me the story about how their family had come to live in Northwest Arkansas.
It’s a big year for Kind at Heart Ministries. In 2018 they are celebrating their 10 year anniversary of helping aging neighbors here in our community. What started as one man’s connection with local nursing home residents has grown to involve hundreds of individuals and thousands of volunteer hours.
Hearing that you child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is one of the hardest things a parent can face. In one moment life completely changes for the whole family. Hospitals and therapy and pharmacies become the new normal.
This month during Pay it Forward we will be joining together to fill the shelves at the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank!
We all know that when cold weather and the holiday season comes there are a lot more families in our community who struggle with food insecurity. Let’s join together to make sure that our neighbors are well cared for this November!
BOGO has always been one of my favorite phrases. Who doesn’t love to buy one get one? But recently I’ve found something I love more than BOGO: Buy One Give One.
That’s the model that Tacos 4 Life was built on. In partnership with Feed My Starving Children, they are feeding God’s starving children who are hungry in body and spirit by providing a meal for every meal they sell in their restaurants.
“It’s one thing for a community to be pro-life and to encourage that, but for that same community to come behind and rally and support those girls that are choosing life and get involved… that’s what we do here with them.” Jen Heart, Development Director at Compassion House.
For more than 20 years, CASA of Northwest Arkansas has been serving kids right here in our community who need someone to be an advocate on their behalf. Kids who are abused or neglected face many things that are hard for them to process. CASA volunteers come along side of those kids during a time when they most need someone to look out for them. Advocates help make sure the kids get to dental and medical appointments. They make sure that their home environment is safe. They check in with the school to see if there are any needs. Basically they serve as a voice for each child to make sure that the court orders for each child are being followed.
Several months ago I got to meet with the staff and house parents at Cookson Hills and hear about all that God has been up to. I also got to tour their beautiful property where kids come to heal. When you pull onto the property at Cookson you instantly feel peaceful. I spent the good part of a day there and had no desire to leave.