Hope Village USA
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Fort Smith, Arkansas lies in the River Valley on the Arkansas River. It is home to over 87,000 people. The surrounding counties have a population of over 211,000.
In 2017, 5,113 Arkansan children were in foster care.
54% entered the foster care system due to substance abuse
51% entered due to neglect
22% entered due to parent incarceration*
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.
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 aim to equip and empower 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 unify a family of diverse youth who impact their communities through living God's kingdom principles. We seek to equip and empower students to be compassionate, responsible, and skilled leaders who walk in integrity and serve Jesus whole-heatedly.
During the summer, the Tribe students have the opportunity to put into practice the things they've learned by participating in outreach activities, missions trips, and other exciting activities.
*Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Children and Family Services