Inspiring Us This Week: NWA Children’s Shelter

Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter provides a place for children who have experienced different kinds of neglect and need care and shelter. NWA Children’s Shelter not only provides a roof over their heads, but also a loving environment where they strive to educate children and reduce the trauma that has already been caused to them at such a young age. Since they opened in 1993, the NWA Children’s Shelter has cared for more than 8,200 children throughout the state of Arkansas! At United Way NWA, our mission is to reduce the amount of children impoverished in Northwest Arkansas. That is why Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter is “Inspiring Us” this week because of their help in directing children faced with difficult up-bringing’s to a better and brighter future!


Scott*, 8 years old, was referred to Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter because of educational and environmental neglect. He had only been enrolled in public school for two weeks prior to coming to the shelter and tested well below a kindergarten level. He could not write his name or identify simple sight words. In addition to his academic setbacks, Scott also struggled with maintaining personal boundaries. A sweet child through and through, but was also very physical with others, hugging those he didn’t know and repeatedly asking deeply personal questions. Scott was also not potty-trained, which required him to wear a pull-up at all times. With a lot of one-on-one attention, consistency and redirection, Scott, in just 31 days at the Shelter, improved dramatically. When he left he was ready for school, he could write his name and identify some simple sight words. He had started speech and occupational therapy. By the time he left us, Scott was having fewer accidents and only needed to wear a pull-up at night. Scott knew to ask for hugs from others and how to be aware of others’ boundaries.”

*name changed for privacy protection.


Did you know?
  • We provide transportation to over 1,300 necessary medical appointments each year for abused and neglected children
  • We provide over 35,000 meals each year to abused and neglected children.
  • Over 200 children are educated in our on-site school each year.
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If you’re interested in helping this program so that you can assist individuals as they work to move forward on the path to success, check out what your gift can do:

$5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:

$260 will ensure each child has a healthy snack every day.

$10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:

$520 will ensure Life Skills and Cooking Matters are taught.

$20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:

$1,040 will ensure each child residing at our shelter has an individual case plan which will accompany them to their

next placement.