Seven Hills Homeless Center in Fayetteville is experiencing a large increase in the number of Northwest Arkansas Veterans facing homelessness and in immediate need of help. Seven Hills served 1,212 unique men, women and children from January 1, 2009 to October 20, 2009 with about 30 percent of daily visits to the Day Center being Veterans. Veterans made 3,242 visits to the Day Center from January through September.
As the cold weather months approach, Seven Hills is in dire need of items to provide their Veterans and others with winter supplies. Items that are most needed are sleeping bags, back packs, gloves, tarps, rain gear, men’s blue jeans sizes 28-32 and men’s small and medium underwear. Canned goods with pop top lids such as spam, tuna, Vienna sausages, stews and fruit are also critically needed. Donations can be dropped off at Seven Hills Day Center at 1555 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. or at any Fayetteville Arvest location. Monetary donations to the Annual Fund Campaign can be made online at www.sevenhillscenter.org, at the Day Center or mailed to P.O. Box 474, Fayetteville, AR 72702.
Seven Hills was established in 2000 to help homeless people get the support they need to become self-sufficient. Services provided at the Seven Hills Day Center include meals, showers, storage lockers, laundry, clothing, blankets, case management and service referrals, use of telephone and computers, coffee, newspapers, safe mail drop, transportation, groceries, crisis counseling, volunteer opportunities, identification and birth certificate assistance, psychological counseling referrals and assessments, prescription assistance, day labor opportunities, and job search assistance.