Fayetteville Salvation Army set for major expansion

Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas, 219 W. 15th St., Fayetteville / Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

FAYETTEVILLE — The Salvation Army will soon begin a $1.2 million remodeling project that will nearly double the capacity of the south Fayetteville shelter.

The project will separate the addiction recovery program from the shelter and expand the overall capacity from 26 to 48 total beds. The women’s dorm will grow from eight to 18 beds, the men’s dorm will expand from 12 to 18 beds and the center’s existing family dorms will be converted into two apartments with 10 to 12 beds for families, including private bathrooms and a shared kitchen.

The project also includes an expansion and relocation of the recovery program, which will grow from 20 to 26 beds and move to a separate building with a lounge area, shared kitchen, and restrooms. The idea, according to a news release, is to better help clients to focus on their recovery.

In addition, the remodel will include a new computer lab to help guests find work, take classes, or reconnect with family or friends. An expanded dining area will also be added to serve additional guests in the evening.

Financial support for the project comes from the Alice L. Walton Foundation, Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, The Roberts Family Fund, Excellerate Foundation, Tyson Family Foundation, Fayetteville Central United Methodist Church, and several anonymous donors.

“By nearly doubling our capacity and adding essential resources that our guests normally don’t have access to, we can continue serving the most vulnerable and meet human needs without discrimination,” said Capt. Joshua Robinett, area commander. “This entire project will allow our shelter guests to feel more comfortable and provide an overall higher quality of living. We are grateful for our donors and everyone involved in making these much-needed renovations possible.”