Our mission is to provide a safe and encouraging atmosphere in a residential setting for underprivileged females aged 12 – 17 years; to promote positive behaviors, character enhancement, educational advancement, and to reunite with family.
Many of our residents have had a less than desirable childhood. Common histories include physical and sexual abuse, parents with drug issues, parents in prison and homelessness.
We teach personal responsibility, independent living skills and positive social skills.
We provide case management and individual and family counseling.
We provide a safe home environment, all food, transportation, personal items, and clothing. They receive individual and family counseling.
As one Board member put it, “we have one year to pour all the good into them we can possibly give them”.What we do!
The Girls Shelter of Fort Smith opened in 1970 as a temporary emergency shelter. Since then, the shelter has developed and grown onto a long-term residential treatment facility. In April 2002, a new 7,000 square-foot facility was built on a two-acre lot at South 26th and Quincy. The shelter is licensed for eight girls, ages 12 – 17 years old. The Girls Shelter is a proud partner of United way and to aid in the growth of our residents, the girls volunteer for other United Way agencies during the summer.
The Girls shelter strives to develop its residents into responsible citizens and community members. The girls are: