Last week, Fort Smith Boys Home received a building permit to begin work on their new recreation center, and they have started laying the foundation and fundraising.
The Fort Smith Boys Home is a place for boys who are in the foster system. The goal of the home is to reunite the boys with their parents, but when that is not possible, they find families to adopt them.
The home has been in operation since 1978 and was recently recertified by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This is a three year accreditation and will be valid through June 2022.
With the groundbreaking already complete, the fundraising process is now taking place. Due to COVID-19, many of the annual fundraisers were canceled or shifted.
Each year, the home holds a Car & Truck Show in August or September. According to their website, they have not ruled out holding it at a later date.
Another fundraiser they plan to have is a BBQ, once people are able to return to work as they were before the pandemic. This is another regular event that the home has held in the past.
A building-specific fundraiser for the home is their brick campaign where you can buy different sized bricks for $100, $200 or $400 to support the building of the recreation center. With the purchase of a brick, people can have it engraved with a message in honor or memory of a loved one.
According to the building permit, the building will cost approximately $500,000.
This facility will be used for fundraising events, parties, rental, community events, and exercise and activities for the boys year-round.
The home’s website says, “We ask so that a child can have a birthday gift, tutoring, celebrate the holidays or experience a day of childhood fun at an area recreational facility.”
This space would provide an area for tutoring, group activities and training exercises.
There is not a completion date on the project at this time.