$1.2M renovation begins for Salvation Army NWA

by Paul Gatling ([email protected]) 201 views 

Springdale-based Milestone Construction is leading an expansion and renovation project for The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas at 219 W. 15th St. in Fayetteville.

Spokesman Joey Jackson said the remodel will separate the addiction recovery program from the shelter and nearly double the shelter capacity, expanding from 26 to 48 total beds and increasing recovery program capacity.

Additionally, the renovations will increase the women’s dorm from eight to 18 beds, the men’s dorm from 12 to 18 beds, and the recovery program from 20 to 26 beds. Existing family dorms will convert into two efficient apartments with 10 to 12 beds for families, including private bathrooms and a shared kitchen.

The recovery program will be relocated to a separate building, including a lounge area, shared kitchen and restrooms, so that clients can focus solely on their recovery.

Jackson said the remodel project is valued at $1.2 million. The funding comes from various contributors, including:

  • Alice L. Walton Foundation
  • Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation
  • The Roberts Family Fund
  • Excellerate Foundation
  • Tyson Family Foundation
  • Fayetteville Central United Methodist Church
  • Several anonymous donors

The shelter expansion and remodel will also include a new computer lab and an expanded dining area.

“This will help maximize the number of people we serve in Fayetteville,” Captain Joshua Robinett, Northwest Arkansas Salvation Army Area Commander, said in a statement. “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. 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.”