The Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter Independent Living Program, GetREAL24, provides 24 fully-furnished, one-bedroom apartment units for eligible young adults. This living opportunity, along with other GetREAL24 services, will equip foster youth with the life skills needed to successfully transition into adulthood and become self-sufficient, contributing citizens.

Who is eligible?

Arkansas foster youth who are preparing to “age out” OR foster youth 18 and older with a vision and desire to succeed.

Safe & Reliable Housing

Each resident lives in a one-bedroom, full-furnished apartment in the 24-unit apartment complex

Permanent Connections

Positive youth development, community engagement, mentorship opportunities and sponsor families


Transition to independence with a self-sufficiency plan that includes post-secondary education and vocational resources

Social & Emotional Well-Being

Mental and physical health and trauma resources


Job resources and apprenticeship opportunities

Life Skills Update

Life Skills will resume Thursday, August 2 @ 6 pm

  • Life Skills will be held every Thursday at 6 pm to increase resident attendance and make it easier for volunteers and residents to plan ahead!
  • Life Skills are now organized per “Category.” Categories are created based off of the self-sufficiency plan needed to successfully complete GetREAL24.
  • Each life skills lesson should last about 1 hour. Every volunteer will be given an outline/rubric of important things to cover during the life skills lesson once a category is selected. Creativity and hands on activities are encouraged to make each lesson memorable and enjoyable!
  • Each volunteer will teach 1 lesson in their selected Category about every 4 months. If you are interested in teaching more than 3 times a year please let Morgan know once you complete your volunteer application.
  • The volunteer is responsible for bringing all material needed for the life skills lesson. A smart TV is available to display any PowerPoints, documents or videos needed for the lesson.
  • Please click on the button below if you would like to teach a life skill!

GetREAL24 Life Skills Categories

  1. Finances
  2. Money Management
  3. Job & Career
  4. Permanence
  5. Education
  6. Self-Care/Health
  7. Housing
  8. Transportation
  9. Community/Culture/Social Life
  10. Home Life Skills
  11. Legal Issues
  12. Recreation/Leisure
  13. Cooking
  14. Personal Hygiene
  15. High Risk Behaviors
  16. Time Management


There are many ways for you to support the GetREAL24 program outside of financial contributions. As a GetREAL24 volunteer, you have the chance teach impact a young adult’s life by teaching a life skill, being a mentor, becoming a sponsor family, providing transportation, and more. Apply to become a volunteer today!

Aging Out of Foster Care

1 in 5 foster youth who “age out” will become homeless

Only 3% of former foster youth will earn a college degree

Only half of youth who “age out” will be employed at the age of 24

194 of Arkansas youth “aged out” of foster care in 2014…where did they go?

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, REPORT IT!

Child Abuse Hotline: 800.482.5964