Location: Fort Smith, AR, USA
Language: English & Spanish
Hope Village USA is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and serves the children and families of Fort Smith and the River Valley. Fort Smith is located alongside the Arkansas River, and it is home to over 87,000 people. The surrounding counties have a population of over 211,000.
Challenges in Northwest AR
In June of 2021, 4,851 Arkansan children were involved in the foster care system. This is a 12.7% increase in the last two years. So many homes in northwest Arkansas are broken due to the devastating effects of addiction, neglect, and abuse.
River Valley families, particularly those living in low-income situations, are deeply in need of support before they enter a season of crisis, before children are moved into foster care, and before both children and parents in need feel lost or forgotten.
About Hope Village USA
At Hope Village USA we believe lasting, sustainable change happens over time. We are committed to long-term discipleship through every season of life - from childhood all the way to adulthood. We are committed to equipping and empowering children, students, and their families with the spiritual, social, and practical tools they need to become leaders in their schools, neighborhoods, and beyond. We hope to see communities and lives transformed by the hope of Jesus Christ.
Hope Kids is Hope Village's ministry for children 6-12 years old. Because a child’s moral foundations are established by the age of 9, we recognize childhood is a key developmental stage to build spiritual and moral values that will remain with the child his or her entire life. We want our the children in our Hope Kids ministry to understand that God created them, He loves them, and they are valuable.
The Tribe Students is Hope Village's ministry for students 13-18 years old. Our mission at the Tribe is to help youth cultivate a strong Biblical worldview, grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and become future leaders of integrity who impact their communities with the Gospel of Christ.
*Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Children and Family Services