Feb 21, 2011

LITTLE ROCK: Please Help! Proposed SOAR Network Outreach and Support Center in Jeopardy

Due to an orchastrated campaign of lies and misrepresentations, the proposed SOAR Network Outreach and Support Center is now in jeopardy.

People in the neighborhood have been told that:

-we are opening a shelter
-that we are going to be a day resource center
-that we are going to be an intake center for homeless
-and lots more None of this is true!!

Here are the facts:

The Outreach and Support Center will be a development and coordination hub for the SOAR Network model ALL direct services to the homeless will be provided where they are; in camps, on the streets, or in participating agencies and churches. The only people that will be in the building will be those working, either as volunteers or paid staff, to develop and support the operations of the network, or agencies and volunteers participating in the SOAR Network Action Group meetings and/or training. Specific Activities that will be coordinated out of the building are:

Homeless Help Line where volunteers and staff will answer calls from homeless and those working with the homeless to provide information, connections to services and supports, or assigning them to an outreach and support team. Staff and volunteer support to SOAR Network Action Groups. Coordination of outreach and support teams throughout Central Arkansas. Technology center to develop and support Internet and intranet solutions for assisting participating network members in communication, coordination, decision making, and data sharing. Transportation scheduling and coodination Meetings and Training Storage and distribution of food, clothing, blankets, furniture and other items for homeless in camps or on the street and those moving into their own house or apartment. What You Can Do!

There are two upcoming meetings that will decide our fate. The first is tomorrow Tuesday February 22 @ the Capital Zoning Commission offices located @ 410 S. Battery. From 7th Street turn north on Battery and go to the end of the street. Commission is a house on the left.

The Second is a special session of the full Commission to review our application. It will be Thursday March 10 @ 5:30 pm.

We have set up an online petition you can sign and get others to sign in support of us. We especially need those in the downtown area. CLICK HERE to ACCESS the PETITION.

We are also organizing teams to go door to door between now and March 10th to explain what we will be doing and enlist support of the people in the neighborhood. If you are willing to help with this, call Dennis @ 310-1826

We will be sending out more information daily, if necessary. Come by and see what we are doing. We know you will be impressed.

Feb 1, 2011

LITTLE ROCK: Network Again Mobilizing to Open Hospitality Center for Homeless Due to Weather

A network of churches, agencies, and volunteers are again mobilizing to open a Hospitality Center in the Canvas Community Church located at 1111 W. 7th St.


Plans are to open by Tuesday afternoon and remain open through Friday night.

Much is needed to make this a success. Do what you can to spread the word and help meet the following needs:

Volunteers to assist in the facility and to assist with transportation needs

Meals or food for meals

Wednesday lunch, and dinner

Thursday lunch

Friday lunch, and dinner

Donations to assist with special needs of visitors: bus tokens or passes, bus tickets, id cards, medicine, etc.

If you can help with any of these or have ideas for things not listed, contact Aaron or Dennis.

Jan 24, 2011

CENTRAL ARKANSAS: Tomorrow is the HUD Homeless Count, Can You Help?

The HUD annual homeless count is scheduled for tomorrow, January 25th. Area agencies and volunteers will be counting all homeless in Central Arkansas that are residing in shelters and those that are on the streets and in camps.


Volunteers will set up at locations in various parts of town beginning at 7:30 to count the homeless in those areas. They will also be passing out bags containing food, hygiene products, blankets, clothing and other items.

Other volunteers will be visiting camps and other locations where homeless reside.

For more information or to get involved, shoot me an email at helpingarkansas@gmail.com.

Jan 21, 2011

LITTLE ROCK: Here's a Way for ANYBODY to Make a Huge Difference for Our Homeless Neighbors

Good Morning to All –


I have just talked with Sheri Bentley (her husband, Jamey, is the Senior Pastor at Canvas Community Church). They have asked for our help in coordinating the meals for the temporary shelter they opened yesterday due to the cold weather.

They have been consistently feeding 60 people at each of their meals. Here are the meals that we are looking for different groups to claim and be responsible for covering for us:

· Saturday, January 22 Dinner
· Sunday, January 23 Breakfast
· Sunday, January 23 Lunch
· Sunday, January 23 Dinner
· Monday, January 24 Breakfast
· Monday, January 24 Lunch
· Monday, January 24 Dinner
· Tuesday, January 25 Breakfast

Plans are to close the shelter after breakfast on Tuesday Morning.

If you are willing to claim one of these meals and be responsible for providing this meal, will you drop me a note upon the receipt of this message and let me know which one?

I’m thankful for the wonderful work that Canvas Community Church is doing in serving those who find themselves homeless. Helping with the coordination of these meals is one small way that I can be of help to them.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Fraternally,

Jeff Spry
Located in the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Center
200 River Market Avenue , Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 374-3533 (office)
(501) 920-5200 (cell)
jeff@cityconnectionsinc.org
http://www.cityconnectionsinc.org/

Jan 13, 2011

One-by-One! A Plea for Little Rock's Homeless

Good Morning my friend –


With the prospects of warming weather coming, likely the emergency shelter at Canvas Community Church’s will close their temporary shelter very soon. Our thanks again to Pastor Jamey Bentley and the wonderful people that have come alongside of him to make this happen!

As we mentioned last Sunday at the beginning of this effort, this might very well be the opportunity while many of these individuals are there in the shelter to have different church communities consider coming and meeting many of these individuals and identifying one that they would be willing to take under their wing for 90-days and really get to know them and help “lift” and support them as the rise above such.

With the goal of eradicating homelessness in our city, let’s set our goal toward building relationships with these individuals and helping to provide them hope, a support system, and a path to come off the streets. One by one we can do this! Actually, this is the only way it will happen – one at a time as we step out in faith!

If you haven’t already done so, would you consider going to Canvas Community Church sometime today and consider “adopting” one of these individuals and help create for them something some of them have never had in their lifetime and give them a “second chance”?

Fraternally,

Jeff Spry
Located in the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation Center
200 River Market Avenue , Suite 100
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 374-3533 (office)
(501) 920-5200 (cell)
jeff@cityconnectionsinc.org
http://www.cityconnectionsinc.org/

Jan 11, 2011

LITTLE ROCK: Warming Center Update: Need Shower Options, Help With Transportation, Volunteers

Hi all. We are looking for any facilities in the area that can help the folks at the warming center at Canvas Community Church take showers. If your church or agency has shower facilities that can assist even a few of these folk with showers, please call Dennis @ 310-1826.


We also need volunteers to assist with transportation and a few volunteers to help in the Center.

If you can help with any of these needs, please contact me or call Jamey Bentley @ 412-0498.

Peace

Dennis

Jan 10, 2011

B98.5 Brings the Bags for Central Arkansas' Homeless

Friday I got the chance to visit with Jeff Matthews and Lisa Fischer on B98.5's Morning Rush about the state of homelessness in Central Arkansas.  You can hear the interview HERE

Their listeners responded incredibly!!  I still haven't made it through all the coats, blankets, and sleeping bags that have been given but I wanted to brag on them and show you a portion of what was dropped off in the hours after the interview.  Check this out!!  What incredible listeners Jeff and Lisa have!!! 

Dec 15, 2010

Battle of the Coffee Shop Coat Drive Locations 2010!!!!

Add 2 more Little Rock venues to the list of drop-off points for coats/blankets/sleeping bags for the areas homeless neighbors! 

As these two local coffee favorites spar it out for Coffee Shop Coat Drive Champion of the Universe, you can help! 

If you live WEST of I-430, be sure to drop your donations off at Guillermo's Coffee 10700 Rodney Parham, ste A2...or beside Chilis.

If you live EAST of I-430, be sure to drop your donations off at River City Tea & Coffee 2715 Kavanaugh Blvd in Hillcrest.....across from US Pizza.

Nov 24, 2010

UPDATE: Coat Drive Drop-offs Now Include Arkansas Old Navy Stores!!!

Little Rock Area:

Arkansas Dream Center Office
Tuesday – Friday 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Saturday 9:30am - Noon
1405 W 17th
Little Rock, AR 72206
http://www.ardreamcenter.tv/

OLD NAVY
CHENAL COMMONS
12801 CHENAL PKWY
LITTLE ROCK, AR 72211
Phone: (501) 221-2275

OLD NAVY
MCCAIN
3929 MCCAIN BLVD
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR 72116
Phone: (501) 771-2852

St. Francis House
Anytime
2701 S. Elm
Little Rock, AR 72204
501.664.5036

New Life Church
Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – Noon
And at all weekend Services
8000 Crystal Hill Road
North Little Rock, AR 72118
501.812.5433
http://www.newlifechurch.tv/

Canvas Community Church
Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00am – 2:00pm
1111 W 7th St
Little Rock, AR 72201
501.412.0498
http://www.canvascommunityonline.org/

Conway:

New Life Church
Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – Noon
And at all weekend Services
633 S. Country Club Road
Conway, AR 72034
501.328.5433
http://www.newlifechurch.tv/

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CONWAY COMMONS
700 ELSINGER BLVD
CONWAY, AR 72032-4762
Phone: (501) 505-8060

Cabot:

New Life Church
Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – Noon
And at all weekend Services
210 S. 10th St
Cabot, AR 72023
501.605.0432
http://www.newlifechurch.tv/

Heber Springs:

New Life Church
At all weekend Services
1008 AR-25 B North
Heber Springs, AR 72543
501.362.3300
http://www.newlifechurch.tv/

Hot Springs:

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CORNERSTONE MKPL
321 Cornerstone Blvd
HOT SPRINGS, AR 71913-6571
Phone: (501) 525-2141

Fort Smith:

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FORT SMITH PAVILION
4135 PHOENIX AVENUE
FT. SMITH, AR 72903
Phone: (479) 648-3059

New Life Church
At all weekend Services
9000 South Dallas St
Fort Smith, AR 72903
479.462.1018
http://www.newlifechurch.tv/

Saline County:

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ALCOA EXCHANGE
7341 ALCOA ROAD
BRYANT, AR 72022
Phone: (501) 778-2709

Northwest Arkansas:

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SPRING CREEK CENTRE
3810 N MALL AVENUE
FAYETTEVILLE, AR 72703
Phone: (479) 527-6300

Nov 18, 2010

The Need For Coats is Overwhelming! We Need Your Help!!

As I do every year about this time, I'm begging for coats.  Over the last several years I've seen more and more need for coats but this year has absolutely shocked me as the obvious need for children's coats continues to mound. 

Right now the biggest need is for children's coats, boys and girls, all sizes.  The number of elementary schools calling about their kids not having access to a warm coat is astounding. 

Next, we seriously need men's coats, size large and up.  We are turning these around as quickly as we can get them in and the list of people who are waiting for one keeps growing. 

Please give what you can.  Almost everyone I know has a coat stashed in the back of their closet that they know they'll never wear again. 

You can also help us with providing funds for fuel to collect, and distribute these coats.  This cost is a constant barrier.  You all are amazing and I hope you will take a few minutes to help! 

Currently established drop-off locations are as follows, and we would love to have more:

Little Rock Area:

Arkansas Dream Center Office
Tuesday – Friday 2:30pm – 5:30pm
Saturday 9:30am - Noon
1405 W 17th
Little Rock, AR 72206
http://www.ardreamcenter.tv/

St. Francis House
Anytime
2701 S. Elm
Little Rock, AR 72204
501.664.5036

New Life Church
Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – Noon
And at all weekend Services
8000 Crystal Hill Road
North Little Rock, AR 72118
501.812.5433
http://www.newlifechurch.tv/

Canvas Community Church

Mon, Wed, Fri 11:00am – 2:00pm
1111 W 7th St
Little Rock, AR 72201
501.412.0498
http://www.canvascommunityonline.org/

 
Conway:

New Life Church
Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – Noon
And at all weekend Services
633 S. Country Club Road
Conway, AR 72034
501.328.5433
http://www.newlifechurch.tv/


Cabot:

New Life Church Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – Noon
And at all weekend Services
210 S. 10th St
Cabot, AR 72023
501.605.0432
http://www.newlifechurch.tv/

Heber Springs:

New Life ChurchAt all weekend Services
1008 AR-25 B North
Heber Springs, AR 72543
501.362.3300
http://www.newlifechurch.tv/

Fort Smith:

New Life Church At all weekend Services
9000 South Dallas St
Fort Smith, AR 72903
479.462.1018
http://www.newlifechurch.tv/