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Fort Smith, Arkansas - Resource Guide for Those in Need

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Fort Smith is Not ALL Bad

In this article I have provided some community resources that exist around town to help the disadvantaged population of Fort Smith. The resources range from help with abuse, hunger, medical, dental, and clothing to just being able to have a place to go when it is hot outside and you have no home. My previous article, "Its Not Always Sunny in Fort Smith, Arkansas" was a look into the crime rate and how the city could prevent the crime around town. This article outlines the resources that are already available to residents of Fort Smith but it does not mean that the city should still not help out more with community development resources. After taking a look at the article you can see that a lot of the resources currently available are not run by the city and are private sector funded resources. Let us begin our exploration into this subject now.

"Life's worth living' in Fort Smith"

ABUSE - Resources for Abuse Help

Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA)
PO Box 180955
Fort Smith, AR 72918
Phone: 479-462-3110
Contact: Boot
Web: www.bacausa.com Email hill8586@aol.com
Service Area: River Valley
Purpose: To create a safer environment for abused children.

Child Abuse Hot Line-Arkansas
Phone: 1-800-482-5964
Web: http://www.arkansas.gov/reportARchildabuse/
Hours: 24-hours a day, seven days a week
Service Area: Arkansas

Child Abuse Hot Line-Oklahoma
Phone: 1-800-522-3511
Web: http://www.okdhs.org/programsandservices/cps/
Hours: 24-hours a day, seven days a week
Service Area: Oklahoma

Crisis Intervention Center
5603 South 14th St.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-782-1821
Hotline: 1-800-359-0056
Local Hotline: 479-782-4956
Fax: 479-782-9035
Web: www.crisiscenterforwomen.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 24-hour Crisis Line
Eligibility Requirements: Victim of domestic violence or sexual assault
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, LeFlore, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian and Sequoyah Counties
Purpose: Serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Help-In-Crisis
101 East Chickasaw
Sallisaw, OK 74955
Office: (918) 775-3300
Hotline: 1-800-300-5321
Web: http://helpincrisisinc.org/hic/offices.asp
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Victim of domestic violence or sexual assault
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, LeFlore, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian and Sequoyah Counties
Purpose: Serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1979. Our mission is to eliminate family violence, child abuse and sexual assault through advocacy, education,counseling, support and prevention services.

ADOPTION - Resources for People Looking into Adoption

Arkansas Department of Human Services
700 Main St
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-8437
Web: http://www.arkansas.gov/dhs/homepage.html
Purpose: Our mission is to introduce children to prospective adoptive parents and the concept of adopting older children, sibling groups or children with special needs. Our goal is to find a family for every child.

Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare
22361 Bald Hill Road
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, Ok 74464
Phone: 1-800-256-0671
Phone: 918-431-4115
Web: www.cherokee.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Native American only
Service Area: 14 Counties in Northeast Oklahoma
Purpose: To enable tribal members to be independent, self-sufficient and excel in all endeavors.The focus of the program is to do what is in the best interest of the child(ren) and to establish permanency as quickly as legally possible.

Heart to Heart Pregnancy Support Center
216 A Greenwood Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901-3452
Phone: 479-452-2260
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or by appointment
Eligibility Requirements: Concerned pregnant females
Service Area: Arkansas
Purpose: To provide counseling, guidance and assistance on a one to one basis to women who are concerned about pregnancy. The agency provides free pregnancy testing, financial assistance and assistance with living arrangements during and after pregnancy. The agency also provides counseling on abortion alternatives and referrals to appropriate agencies.

Pregnancy Help Center
2408 S. 51 Court Suite F
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-484-5244
Fax: 479-484-0234
Email: teiamk@msn.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Purpose: Working with women who may be facing an unplanned pregnancy and helping them make wise decisions. We offer the following programs; post abortion counseling, free pregnancy test, maternity closet, “earn while you learn”, and adoption referrals.


ALCOHOL/DRUG PREVENTION - Resources for People Addicted to Alcohol/Drugs

Alcoholics Anonymous
Phone: Fort Smith - 479-783-0123
Phone: Charleston - 479-965-0434
Phone: Al - Anon - 479-441-9705
Web: www.aa.org.
Eligibility Requirements: Desire to stop drinking.
Purpose: Rehabilitation support groups for children and youth family and friends of alcoholics.

Gateway House Inc.
3900 N. Armour Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72904
Phone: 479-783-8849-24hrs
Fax: 782-5682
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott and Sebastian Counties
Purpose: Treatment for the chemically dependent.

Harbor House, Inc
615 North 19th St.
Fort Smith, AR 72914
Phone: 479-782-4083
Fax: 479-494-7726
Web: www.harborhousefs.org
Hours: Office Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., detox admissions 24 hours
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott and Sebastian, Arkansas Counties Leflore and Sequoyah Counties in Oklahoma
Purpose: To provide comprehensive substance abuse treatment to citizens and provide technical assistance to communities in implementing prevention strategies

M.A.D.D. – Mothers Against Drunk Driving
608 I Circle
Barling, AR 72923
Phone: 479-452-7712
Web: www.madd.org
Purpose: To stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent drinking.

Pioneer Group
500 N. F St.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-785-2202
Purpose: Alcoholics Anonymous group.

Recovery Solutions, Inc.
501 South 18th St.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-434-5566
Email: ahmeadows@rsinc.arcoxmail.com
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Thursday (Friday and Saturday by appointment only)
Eligibility Requirements: Substance Abuse Treatment-Outpatient
Service Area: Counties of Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott, and Sebastian
Purpose: Provides assistance to those needing help with alcohol or drug abuse and those that are chemically dependent. Helps adults, adolescents, and families. They have over 50 years of combined experience in the field of addiction services

Sebastian County Drug Court
35 South 6th Room 101
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-784-1507
Web: www.sebastiancounty.online.com
Purpose: Alcohol and drug treatment program serving as an alternative to jail time.

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Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center
3111 South 70th St.
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 1-800-542-1031
Phone: 479-452-6650
Fax: 479-452-5847
Web: www.wacgc.org
Eligibility Requirements: Serving adults and children
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott and Sebastian Counties
Purpose: To provide a comprehensive network of quality mental health care




CLOTHING - Resources to Help with Clothing for the Underprivilaged

Abilities Unlimited of Fort Smith
Administrative Office: 3305 Kibler Road, Van Buren, AR, 72956, Email: bloyd@auivb.org
Phone: 479-471-5354, Fax: 479-471-5310, Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thrift Store: 250 Cloverleaf Plaza, Van Buren, AR, 72956
Phone: 479-474-4858, Hours: M-Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thrift Store: 1211 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith, AR, 72901
Phone: 479-783-7403, Hours: M-Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sorting Facility: 815 North N St., Fort Smith, AR, 72904
Phone: 479-782-8510, Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Scott and Sebastian Counties
Purpose: Provide employment training and daily living skills for the disabled.

Alma Community Outreach
227 W Cherry St
Alma, AR 72921
Phone: 479-632-HOPE
Purpose: Food pantry, clothing and furniture.

Golden Rule Clothes Closet
212 N. 3rd St.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-783-8150
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Low income families
Purpose: Free clothing, furniture and household items for those in need.

Goodwill
3610 Towson Ave Store # 26
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479- 784-9840
Hours: Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mon – Sat 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Web: http://www.GoodwillAR.org
Purpose: Our Goodwill Stores are committed to providing an Amazing Customer Experience to each and every shopper. With 17 retail locations statewide, and a new Clearance Center in Central Arkansas, Goodwill Stores offer Arkansans a convenient, fun, and always affordable way to shop.

Gospel Rescue Mission
201 Drennen
Van Buren, AR 72956
Phone: 479-474-4163
Eligibility Requirements: ID required
Service Area: Fort Smith and Van Buren areas
Purpose: Provide shelter for homeless men and clothing for families. Meals served to the public noon
and 5 p.m.

Hope Chest
717 North 4th Street
4th & H Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-784-9715
Fax: 479-452-5767
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Eligibility Requirement: Photo ID
Service Area: Greater Fort Smith Area
Purpose: To provide clothing and limited household goods and furniture to needy families and individuals

Salvation Army
301 N. 6th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-783-6145
Fax: 479-783-4975
Web: salvationarmy.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Proof of financial need
Service Area: Crawford, Sebastian and Sequoyah counties
Purpose: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination. Shelter and human needs assistance provided at 301 North 6th St. Thrift store located at 900 North 32nd Street.

COUNSELING & SUPPORT - Resources for Anyone who Wants Counseling/Guidance

Alcoholics Anonymous
1209 North B Street
Fort Smith, AR 72904
Phone: 888-4AL-ANON or 479-783-0123
Web: www.aa.org.
Eligibility: Desire to stop drinking.
Purpose: Rehabilitation, support groups for children and youth, family and friends of alcoholic

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 2605
Fort Smith, AR 72902
Phone: 1-800-ACS-2345
Web: www.cancer.org
Purpose: No fee for any services. Does not provide medical services.

Arkansas Oklahoma Alzheimer's Association
320 N. Greenwood Ave.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 1-800-272-3900
Phone: 479-783-2022
Fax: 479-782-3185
Web: www.ark@alzokar.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Service Area: Western Arkansas
Purpose: To eliminate Alzheimer's disease and related disorders through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for individuals, their caregivers and families.

Bost, Inc.
7701 South Zero St.
Fort Smith, AR 72903-6644
Phone 479-484-1632
Web: www.bost.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 am—4:30 pm
Eligibility Requirements: Individuals of all ages who are mentally retarded, developmentally
disabled or have a related disability.
Service area: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian and
Washington

Camp Compassion
4300 Rogers Ave Suite 33
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-494-0100 or 800-752-0444
Fax: 479-494-0102
Web: www.peachtreehospice.com
Eligibility Requirements: Arkansas children ages 6-15
Service Area: Arkansas
Purpose: To provide a safe, fun and free day camp experience for children and teens that have had a significant loss in their life.

Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare
22361 Bald Hill Road
Tahlequah, Ok 74464
Phone: 918-456-0671
Web: www.cherokee.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Native American only
Service Area: 14 Counties in Northeast Oklahoma
Purpose: The Cherokee nation is a progressive tribe whose goal is to enable tribal members to be independent, self-sufficient and excel in all endeavors.

Credit Counseling of Arkansas, Inc.
2301 South 56 Street Suite 103
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-452-8866
Fax: 479-452-8687
Web: www.ccoacares.com
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. -5:30 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.
Service Area: Nationwide
Purpose: Financial counseling, education and debt management program.

Crisis Center in NWA
614 E Emma Ave Suite 213
Springdale, AR 72764
Phone: 1-888-274-7472
Web: www.nwacrisiscenter.org
Hours: 24 hours
Eligibility Requirements: None
Service Area: Arkansas
Purpose: Crisis intervention, suicide prevention and intervention are the main focus. Carefully
screened and trained volunteers and staff listen and help each caller work through their
problems and provide information and referrals to other agencies that might help. Multilingual and TTY services are available.

Crisis Intervention Center
5603 South 14th St.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-782-1821
Hotline: 1-800-359-0056
Local Hotline: 479-782-4956
Fax: 479-782-9035
Web: www.crisiscenterforwomen.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 24-hour Crisis Line
Eligibility Requirements: Victim of domestic violence or sexual assault
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, LeFlore, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian and Sequoyah Counties
Purpose: Serves victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Phone: 479-806-1530
Email: reddiespiritedhog@yahoo.com
Purpose: This is the local affiliate of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. They meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Ministries Building at Grace Community Church, 4001 Brooken Hill Drive

Division of Services for the Blind
616 Garrison Ave Room 224
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-782-4555
Fax: 479-782-6861
Web: www.state.ar.us/dhs/dsb/index.html
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Legal blindness, along with need for services.
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian and Yell counties
Purpose: To enhance the lives of blind and visually-impaired Arkansans, by enabling greater
independence at home and in the work place.First focus is vocation, with a program geared
to older, blind individuals making adjustment in their homes and community.Offer education,
physical restoration, independent living aids and appliances, instruction in low-vision skills and counseling and guidance. Mobility assessment and techniques are also offered.

Divorce Care
Phone: Fort Smith – 479-452-1481
Phone: Alma – 479-632-3201
Purpose: The Fort Smith group meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room C03 at East Side Baptist Church, 2710 Massard Rd. The Alma group meets at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Alma Assembly of God, 220 Rudy Rd

Donald W. Reynolds Cancer Support House
3324 S. M St.
Fort Smith, AR 72904
Phone: 479-782-6302 or 800-262-9917
Web: www.reynoldscancersupporthouse.org
Purpose: Emotional support for cancer survivors and their families.

Drug and Alcohol Addictions
1318 Dodson Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-629-6914 (DeWayne Hicks)
Phone: 479-629-6777 (Becky Hicks)
Purpose: Step study group for adults and teens. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Evangel Temple Champions Center.

Fayetteville Readjustment Counseling Center
1416 N. College Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72703
Phone: 479-582-7152 or 800-691-8387 ext. 7152
Fax: 479-251-1823
Web: www.vetcenter.va.gov
Email: fayettevillevetcenter@gmail.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Service Area: Northwest Arkansas, Western Arkansas, Southwest Missouri
Purpose: Readjustment counseling is a wide range of services provided to combat veterans in the effort to make a satisfying transition from military to civilian life. Services include individual counseling, group counseling, marital and family counseling, bereavement counseling, medical referrals, and assistance in applying for VA benefits, employment counseling, guidance and referral.

Gamblers Anonymous
Purpose: The group meets at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Miller Branch Library, 8701 S 28th St, Fort Smith, AR.

Gam – Anon
Purpose: Family and friends of compulsive gamblers meet at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Miller Branch Library, 8701 S 28th St, Fort Smith, AR.

Harbor House, Inc.
615 N. 19th St.
Fort Smith, AR 72914
Phone: 479-782-4083
Fax: 479-494-7726
Web: www.harborhousefs.org
Hours: Office Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., detox admissions 24 hours.
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott and Sebastian counties in and Arkansas Counties Leflore and Sequoyah Counties in Oklahoma
Purpose: To provide comprehensive substance abuse treatment to citizens and provide technical assistance to communities in implementing prevention strategies.

Heart to Heart Pregnancy Support Center
216 A Greenwood Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901-3452
Phone: 479-452-2260
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or by appointment
Eligibility Requirements: Concerned pregnant females
Service Area: Arkansas
Purpose: To provide counseling, guidance and assistance on a one to one basis to women who are concerned about pregnancy. The agency provides free pregnancy testing, financial and living arrangements during and after pregnancy. They also provide counseling on abortion alternatives and referrals to appropriate agencies.

Huntington’s Disease
Purpose: The group meets at 6:00 p.m. Thursday at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave; call
Sandee Farley at 479-474-2221.
Living Hope Guidance & Counseling
1908 N. Davis
Lavaca, AR 72941
Phone: 479-353-3277
Email: gscamardo_livinghopewgc@msn.com
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Purpose: To provide Christian counseling based on the inerrant truth of scripture and the
demonstration techniques of Christ’s ministry.

Nar – Anon
Purpose: Family and friends of addicts meet at 8:00 p.m. Sunday at 223 N 11th St, call Karen at 479-474-4349: 7:00 p.m. Thursday at St. Boniface Catholic Church office, 1820 N B St, call Nancy at 479-783-0320.

Narcotics Anonymous
Purpose: Meetings daily in Fort Smith and surrounding area; for times and meeting places call 1-800-338-8750.

Pregnancy Help Center
2408 S. 51 Court Suite F
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-484-5244
Fax: 479-484-0234
Email: teiamk@msn.com
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Purpose: Working with women who may be facing an unplanned pregnancy and helping them make wise decisions. We offer the following programs; post abortion counseling, free pregnancy test, maternity closet, “earn while you learn”, and adoption referrals.

Psoriasis Support
Purpose: Group meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave. Call Carol Chandler at 479-474-1258 or Katie Neal at 479-648-2990.

Recovery Solutions, Inc.
501 South 18th St.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-434-5566
Email: ahmeadows@rsinc.arcoxmail.com
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Thursday (Friday and Saturday by appointment only)
Eligibility Requirements: Substance Abuse Treatment-Outpatient
Service Area: Counties of Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott, and Sebastian
Purpose: Provides assistance to those needing help with alcohol or drug abuse and those that are chemically dependent. Helps adults, adolescents, and families. They have over 50 years of combined experience in the field of addiction services.

Salvation Army
301 N. 6th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-783-6145
Fax: 479-783-4975
Web: salvationarmy.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Proof of financial need
Service Area: Crawford, Sebastian and Sequoyah counties
Purpose: To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination.

St. Edward Mercy Hospice
5401 Ellsworth
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-314-1150
Fax: 479-314-1152
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Terminal Illness
Service Area: Serving Arkansas residents within 50 mile radius of Fort Smith
Purpose: Provide medical, spiritual and emotional support and assistance to individuals with a terminal medical illness. This includes cancer, heart, and lung and kidney failure. Patients must have a life expectancy of less than six months.

Solution Focused Counseling Centers
5111 Rogers Ave Suite 535
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-784-9100
Fax: 479-484-9100
Web: www.solutionfocusedcenters.com
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (evening appointments on request)
Service Area: Arkansas and Oklahoma
Purpose: Provide individual, couple and family therapy based on Christian principles and the brief therapy model to promote emotional, mental, spiritual and relational health. The agency also provides training, educational opportunities and wellness programs for counselors and other professionals, churches, pastors, businesses, schools and the community. Support groups available upon request.

STEP – Carefully! Inc.
Purpose: Step parenting group meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at East Side Baptist Church, 2710 S Massard Rd; call Bobby Collins at 479-522-7490. Community wide group meets at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Bancorp South, 7000 Rogers Ave.

Stroke Support
Purpose: Group meets at 300 p.m. Tuesday at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave; call Charlene at 479-420-8436 or Teresa at 479-783-0973

Teen Crisis Helpline
614 East Emma Ave. Suite 213
Springdale, AR 72764
Phone: 800-798-8336
Web: www.nwacrisiscenter.com
Hours: 24 Hour
Eligibility Requirements: Youth, parents and adults who work with youth
Service Area: Arkansas
Purpose: The helpline is available to all teens 24 hours a day. Carefully screened and trained teens and adults. Help teens work through their problems, provide information and referrals, and help make good decisions. Highly skilled in suicide prevention and intervention.

Vista Health
3800 Rogers Ave. Suite 7
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-783-3322, Fax: 479-782-4552
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Children age 4 and up, adolescents and adults with emotional and or mental health need
Service Area: Arkansas-Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian and Yell Counties; Oklahoma-Adair, Leflore and Sequoyah Counties
Purpose: Offers confidential, no charge assessments, out- patient counseling, medical referrals and community lectures and seminars.

W.A.T.C.H. (Western Arkansas Therapeutic Children's Home)
3111 South 70th Street
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-452-6650, Fax: 479-452-5847
Web: www.wacgc.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: DCFS Custody
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott and Sebastian Counties
Purpose: Provide temporary family substitute care for youth who are in DCFS foster care but need more intensive service than regular foster care can offer.

Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center
3111 South 70th St.
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-452-6650, Fax: 479-452-5847
Eligibility Requirements: Serving adults and children
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott and Sebastian Counties
Purpose: To provide a comprehensive network of quality mental health care.

DEBT - Resources for Those Wishing to get Help with Their Debt

Consumer Credit Counseling Service
5111 Rogers Ave. Suite 553
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-484-0311 or 1-800-255-2227
Phone: 479-474-0591
Phone: 918-775-0349
Web: www.helpingfamilies.org
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Purpose: Offers free & confidential budget, debt & housing counseling, debt repayment planes, credit report review, and consumer education and training. The agency is a non-profit community service and a member of The National Foundation For Credit Counseling

Credit Counseling Advocates
3103 Alma Highway
Van Buren, AR 72956
Phone: 479-410-1700
Purpose: Get out of debt; restore your credit, No Minimum Amount Required, Late Appointments &
Phone Counseling Available Addictive Behavioral Counseling Available Local Company
Specializing in Personal Service

Credit Counseling of Arkansas, Inc.
2301 South 56 Street Suite 103
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-452-8866
Fax: 479-452-8687
Web: www.ccoacares.com
Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Service Area: Nationwide
Purpose: Financial counseling, education and debt management program.

DENTAL - Resources for Dental Help

Ocean Dental
1326 S Waldron Rd
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-484-0008
Web: www.oceandental.net
Purpose: Ocean Dental clinics provide quality dental care to the most underserved socioeconomic group in the country. Ocean Dental believes the type of payment should never dictate the availability of quality dental care. Accepts Arkids A & B Medicaid.

U of A Fort Smith Dental Hygiene Clinic
5500 Ellsworth Rd.
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-478-2020
Web: www.uafortsmith.edu/academic/programs/health
Purpose: Work done by students under supervision of licensed professionals.

D.H.S.- Department of Human Services

Crawford County Department of Human Services
704 Cloverleaf Circle
Van Buren, AR 72956
Phone: 479-474-7595
Fax: 479-474-3150
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Service Area: Crawford County
Purpose: Help clients with medical assistance, food stamps and nursing home care.

Department of Health & Human Services
616 Garrison
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-719-1393
Fax: 479-782-6861
Web: www.arkansas.gov/dhhs;chilnfam/fosterfamresource.htm
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Service Area: Fort Smith, Van Buren, Ozark, Clarksville, Waldron, Booneville, & Paris
Purpose: Foster Parent Recruitment

Franklin County Department of Human Services
800 W Commercial
Ozark, AR 72949
Phone: 479-667-2379
Fax: 479-667-5044
Web: http://www.arkansas.gov/dhs/homepage.html
Service Area: Franklin County
Purpose: Help clients with medical assistance, food stamps and nursing home care.

LeFlore County Department of Human Services
5115 Harper
Poteau, OK 74953
Phone: 918-649-2300 or 1-800-493-7960
Fax: 918-649-2481
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 – 5:00
Web: http://www.okdhs.org/okdhslocal/

Logan County Department of Human Services
398 E 2nd
Booneville, AR 72927
Phone: 479-675-3091
Fax: 479-675-2654
Web: http://www.arkansas.gov/dhs/homepage.html

Sebastian County Department of Human Services
616 Garrison Ave.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-782-4555
Purpose: Food stamps, Medicaid, Child & Family Services

Sebastian County– Fort Smith WIC Clinic
6601 Phoenix Ave, Suite A
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-478-3062
Fax: 479-478-3069
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sequoyah County Department of Human Services
HC Box 20
1611 S Kerr Blvd
Sallisaw, OK 74955
Phone: 918-776-8000 or 1-800-270-0805
Fax: 918-776-8112
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 – 5:00
Web: http://www.okdhs.org/okdhslocal/

DISABILITIES - Resources for the Disabled

Abilities Unlimited of Fort Smith
Administrative Office: 3305 Kibler Road, Van Buren, AR, 72956, Email: bloyd@auivb.org
Phone: 479-471-5354, Fax: 479-471-5310, Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thrift Store: 250 Cloverleaf Plaza, Van Buren, AR, 72956
Phone: 479-474-4858, Hours: M-Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thrift Store: 1211 Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith, AR, 72901
Phone: 479-783-7403, Hours: M-Sat., 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sorting Facility: 815 North N St., Fort Smith, AR, 72904
Phone: 479-782-8510, Hours: M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Scott and Sebastian Counties
Purpose: Provide employment training and daily living skills for the disabled.

ARC of the River Valley
2301 South 56th Suite 107
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-783-5529
Fax: 479-783-5394
Eligibility: Disabled
Purpose: Provide services for disabled and mentally handicapped.

Area Agency on Aging of Western Arkansas, Inc.
524 Garrison
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-783-4500
Fax: 479-783-0029
Web: www.agingwest.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Johnson, Montgomery, Polk, Scott, Sebastian and Washington
Purpose: To assist older individuals in maintaining desired lifestyles through accessible and affordable alternatives

Arthritis Foundation
6213 Father Tribou Street
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: 800-482-8858
Fax: 501-664-7242
Web: www.arthritis.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Arkansas residents with arthritis.
Service Area: Arkansas
Purpose: Provide programs and services to improve quality of life for those with arthritis and find a cure for arthritis.

Bost, Inc.
7701 South Zero St
Fort Smith, AR 72903-6644
Phone: 479-484-1632
Fax: 479-484-1638
Web: www.bost.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Individuals of all ages, who are mentally retarded, developmentally disabled or have a related disability
Service Area: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian and Washington Counties
Purpose: To enable people with a wide range of developmental needs to determine and achieve their own goals by providing choices, support and learning alternatives to maximize personal opportunities. Provides a comprehensive network of services for children and adults with disabilities. Services include, integrated preschool services, all disciplines of therapy, adult development classes, vocational training and job placement, residential services, waiver services, case management, financial case management and family support services.

Brownwood Life Care Center
2121 Towson
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-785-2273
Fax: 479-785-0583
Hours: 24 hour facility Business hours 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Mentally challenged children
Service Area: Arkansas and Oklahoma Residents
Purpose: Provide an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded.

Children’s Case Management
6808 S. 8th
Fort Smith, AR 72908
Phone: 479-648-9137 648-3904
Service Area: Serves 6 Arkansas counties.
Purpose: Offers step-by-step coordination of all services for disabled & at risk children & their families

Children’s Medical Services of Arkansas
PO Box 1437
Little Rock, AR 72203
Phone: 800-482-5850 Ext. 22277
Web: www.medicaid.state.ar.us
Eligibility Requirements: Must meet diagnostic & financial guidelines
Purpose: Medical care for children and youth under age 18 with special health care needs.

Children's Medical Services of Crawford County
704 Cloverleaf Circle
Van Buren, AR 72956
Phone: 479-471-8318
Fax: 479-471-8324
Web: www.state.ar.us/dhs/sgdd.html
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Must meet financial and medical guidelines
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Madison and Newton Counties
Purpose: Medical care for children and youth under age 18 with special health care needs.

Children's Medical Services of Sebastian County
616 Garrison Ave
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-782-4555
Fax: 479-709-0949
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Financial and diagnostic eligibility required
Service Area: Arkansas
Purpose: Arkansas Title V agency for children with special healthcare needs who are from birth to age 18. Services may be provided for eligible youth to age 21 as funding allows.

Department of Human Services Division of Development
616 Garrison Ave.
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-782-4555
Eligibility Requirements: Free to those qualifying
Service Area: Serving Sebastian and Crawford counties
Purpose: Assisting family of developmentally disabled in coordinating and accessing needed services.

Disability Rights Center
1100 N. University Suite 201
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: 800-482-1174
Web: www.arkdisabilityrights.org
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Developmentally disabled clients or client applicants of the Rehab Act, persons
with serious mental illness or severe emotional disturbances in treatment
facility or in the community or homeless individuals with disabilities who are
beneficiaries of Social Security.
Service Area: Arkansas
Purpose: To secure, regain or maintain employment while retaining their benefits, individuals with disabilities who have been denied assistive technology devices or assistive technology services and any individual who has experienced discrimination due to their disability.

Division of Services for the Blind
616 Garrison Ave. Room 224
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479-782-4555
Fax: 479-782-6861
Web: www.state.ar.us/dhs/dsb/index.html
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Legal blindness, along with need for services.
Service Area: Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Polk, Scott, Sebastian and Yell counties
Purpose: To enhance the lives of blind and visually-impaired Arkansans, by enabling greater
independence at home and in the work place. First focus is vocation with a program geared
to older, blind individuals making adjustments in their homes and community. Offer
education, physical restoration, independent living aids and appliances, instruction in low-vision skills and counseling and guidance. Mobility assessment and techniques are also offered.

Fort Smith Housing Authority
2100 north 31St. Street
Fort Smith, AR 72904
Phone: 479-782-4991
Fax: 479-782-0120
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Low income guidelines apply
Service Area: Sebastian County
Purpose: Section 8 rental assistance for low income individuals and families.

Fountain of Youth Adult Day Care
2409 South 56th Street Suite 121
Fort Smith, AR 72903
Phone: 479-484-7782
Fax: 479-484-7951
Hours: Monday-Friday 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Eligibility Requirements: Over 21 and minimal assistance
Service Area: Arkansas and Oklahoma Residents
Purpose: To care for your loved one who can no longer stay at home alone. To allow the caretaker to continue to work or just take a break. We offer 2 hot meals a day, medication assistance, bathroom assistance and lots of activities. The assurance of knowing your loved one is safe and well taken care of.

Goodwill
3610 Towson Ave Store # 26
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Phone: 479- 784-9840
Hours: Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mon – Sat 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Web: http://www.GoodwillAR.org
Purpose: Goodwill Industries of Arkansas helps build lives, families, and communities by assisting people with disabilities and other special needs reach their highest potential through training, education, and employment services. We believe everyone has a right to be successful in the workplace. Our efforts are focused on workforce development and providing education and training so individuals can gain meaningful employment. Our staff provides on-the-job training, which makes it possible for individuals to d