We're taking care of our kids. Learn more about CES.
CES allows kids in crisis to just be kids. Find out more about our services.
We're making a difference in the community. Read the latest shelter news and events.
Only 60% of our funding comes from the state. Find out how you can help.
  • We're taking care of our kids.  Learn more about CES.
  • CES allows kids in crisis to just be kids.  Find out more about our services.
  • We're making a difference in the community.  Read the latest shelter news and events.
  • Only 60% of our funding comes from the state.  Find out how you can help.

About CES

The Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter is the city’s only provider of shelter and care for homeless boys and girls, age 6 to 17. The children we serve have been removed from their family homes through no fault of their own. Most have been the victims of abuse or neglect. Others are the children of parents who, for a variety of reasons, cannot or will not care for them and keep them safe.

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Mission Statement

The Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter serves area children ages 6 - 17 whose primary needs are emergency short-term housing due to family dysfunction, abuse, neglect, runaway situations or other social problems which cannot be remedied in their present family environment or as a temporary placement for children in DHS custody whose placement has been disrupted.

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Welcome

Welcome to the Fort Smith Children's Emergency Shelter website. Here we share information about our history, leadership, mission, services, and needs. There is information on volunteer opportunities, contributors, and fundraising events, with links to purchase items that we are selling to raise money, or to give a monetary donation.

 

Food Donations

The Children's Emergency Shelter participates in the National School Lunch Program and receives reimbursement for the meals we provide to the children we serve. Due to the federal government shutdown, this reimbursement has been interrupted. If you would like to donate food, we are particularly interested in frozen entrees such as lasagna, salisbury steak, chicken (nuggets, grilled breasts, patties), fish sticks, etc. Basically, we could use anything that we can store in the freezer and prepare by just putting it in the oven. We feed up to 27 each meal. Food donation can be dropped off at the shelter. Our physical address is at the bottom of this page. If you would like to make a monetary donation to be designated for the purchase of food, you can do that via the Donate button to the right, or mail a check to the address at the bottom of the page. Thank you so much for your support!


Jesse's Story

View this video to learn about Jesse, a former resident of the shelter.