One hundred percent of children that Camp Corral serves have a parent who is wounded, ill, or fallen as a result of their military service to our nation. Twenty-four percent of these children have more than one parent who has served, and more than 50% shared that no one understands what it is like being a military child. Having a wounded, ill, or fallen parent comes with unique challenges, like being a caregiver or traveling long distances for VA appointments. These children face hardships and make sacrifices beyond their years. They deserve specialized programs which provides them with the opportunities to build emotional resilience and transformational skills to live their best lives possible.
The Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter is a 24-hour emergency shelter for children who have suffered the trauma of abuse, abandonment and neglect. NWACS serves children from birth to age 17 from across the state of Arkansas. While in the Shelter's care, each child receives not only the basics of care - meals, a safe bed to sleep in, and shelter - but the loving care they so desperately need to begin the process of healing. Our programs include case management; on-site counseling; trauma-centered, K-12 education; medical, dental and vision care; plus fun outings and field trips that allow the kids to just be kids again! With the community's support, NWACS provides hope for each child and gives them the opportunity to dream of a brighter future.
Open Avenues has been providing employment opportunities and programs for people with disabilities in Northwest Arkansas for 47 years. Any diagnosed disability, ranging from developmental and intellectual disabilities to physical disabilities and mental illness, qualifies someone to participate in its programs. They work to find an employment opportunity that is right for everyone - whether it’s through a pre-employment program, onsite job training, or a job in the community, they tailor their approach to each individual’s needs. And through it all, their participants walk away with a greater sense of belonging and purpose in life. Having a place where you belong, means everything, and Open Avenues provides just that.
The Arkansas Crisis Center is a nonprofit organization that was founded on hope. Following a rash of teen suicides in 1985 at Rogers High School, a group of concerned volunteers realized the importance of providing hope through helpline services to teens in crisis in Northwest Arkansas. The vast need for our helpline quickly became apparent, and we expanded to provide these services to all age groups across the entire state. Our mission of restoring hope, empowering people, and saving lives through suicide prevention continues to this day.