Western Arkansas Youth Shelter (WAYS) - 116 Hwy 96 West - P.O. Box 48 - Cecil, AR  72930 - Phone:  479-667-2946 - Fax:  479-667-1202
Serving youth and families in Sebastian, Crawford, Logan, Polk, Montgomery, Scott and Franklin Counties in Western Arkansas since 1977.
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Comprehensive Juvenile Services, Inc.
1606 South "J" Street       Fort Smith, AR  72901     Phone 479-785-4031     Fax 479-785-5354

John L. Furness      Executive Director
Help Us Build a New Shelter
The current 6,500-square-foot building which houses the Western Arkansas Youth Shelter is a renovated 85-year-old school building constructed in 1930 and located in rural Cecil, Arkansas. Due to the age of the building, the facility is in continual need of extensive repairs which are a financial drain on CJS.  The rural location in Franklin County also presents a logistical problem and an additional financial burden with frequent travel to and from the shelter by agency caseworkers, parents and shelter staff.
Due to these factors, the Comprehensive Juvenile Services Foundation, the fundraising arm of Comprehensive Juvenile Services, Inc.,  has embarked upon a fundraising campaign for the construction of a new 7,784 square foot emergency shelter located on CJS Foundation-owned two acres of land at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Having the shelter located in the city limits of Fort Smith will allow more frequent visits from parents and reduce travel costs incurred by the youth’s caseworkers and family. A new, energy-efficient building will allow CJS to realize an additional savings, thus further stretching the dollars designated to operate the Western Arkansas Youth Shelter.
Your financial contribution is needed to assist CJS in realizing the dream of a new state-of-the-art emergency shelter facility at Chaffee Crossing.  Please consider sponsoring a portion of the shelter for a new beginning for the youth of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.
Proposed New Shelter Building
The Windgate Charitable Foundation has recognized the critical need for a new shelter. They have very generously issued a $50,000 challenge to assist CJS in reaching the goal of beginning construction of the new facility.  Each dollar donated to the fundraising campaign will be matched by the Windgate Charitable Foundation up to $50,000. Have your donation doubled by donating today!
WINDGATE FOUNDATION CHALLENGE
Current Western Arkansas Youth Shelter
BIG THANK YOU to those who have generously donated to the CJS building campaign!!  It is through your generosity that we WILL realize the dream of a new youth shelter at Chaffee Crossing.  Many blessings to you!
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