Mercy Center of Northwest Arkansas
I spent some time today at Mercy Center of Northwest Arkansas.
Mercy center is a church that sells clothing and other items out of their church in Fayetteville funding a homeless shelter and taking care of the local homeless population.
I asked the ladies about their jobs and about the homeless population in Fayetteville. They said it is substantial because Fayetteville is in a pretty popular interstate that is near many major cities like Tulsa, Kansas City and Little Rock. She said that Fayetteville ends up being small enough that it is still hospitable but large enough for them to find places like Mercy Center to help them when they need it.
Mercy Center has come under new management recently. The woman I spoke to today inherited the project from a few old ladies who were finding it hard to manage and maintain the place.
The shelter, located just behind Mercy Center, is home to about 20 people. The woods around the shelter serve as a home to about 20 more who will not accept help from the shelter but enjoy the friendship of others who have fallen on hard times.
She doesn’t believe that many of the area-homeless are mentally challenged, rather just low-educated people who for some reason or another have run across some bad luck. Many of them are veterans who are in some way disabled.
They hold church services there every Sunday at 3 p.m. She says that it consists mostly of the volunteers and the homeless. I think this Sunday will also include Logan and me.