In the mid-1990’s the Junior League of Fort Smith asked this initial question–their study revealed the sobering conclusion that local children in crisis were being taken to shelters in northwest sectors of the state. Often this transfer would occue in the middle of the night, further traumatizing an already disturbed child. Additional stress was put upon the children when they were removed from their school system and familiar settings.
Founded by the Junior League of Fort Smith, designed by The Hill Group, and built by Charles Mock, The Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter opened its doors to the homeless children of our community in October 1997.
Serving as Sebastian County’s only DCFS-approved emergency shelter for homeless boys and girls, the children served by the CES have been removed from their family homes through no fault of their own. Most are the victims of abuse or neglect, while others are the children of parents who, for a variety of reasons, cannot or will not care for them and keep them safe.