Repair 50 homes for the poor in NW Arkansas

by NW AR Resource Conservation & Development Council

C.J. a U.S. Army Veteran was struck by an unknown disease in 2005 that affected her spinal cord. She became paralyzed from the waist down. In 2009 her husband passed away and in February 2012 the disease returned.  She became paralyzed from the chest down.

C.J being unable to maintain her home was in need of several structural repairs. Her home was also in need of modification to accommodate her being wheelchair bound.  Her home did not allow her to complete simple tasks such as getting to the restroom or taking a shower without a great deal of assistance. Her bathroom was not ADA compliant.

In partnership with several others NW AR RC&D was able to be a part of making the necessary repairs. NW AR RC&D supplied just under $7,000.00 in material and a couple of volunteers. By combining our resources with the resources of others we were able to allow C.J to function in her own home.

Thank you for your partnership with us!

 Dear Partners,

June 9th will be a beautiful day for four families in Benton County Arkansas.  In the spirit of being good neighbors Northwest Arkansas Resource, Conservation and Development will be joining Rebuilding Together of Northwest Arkansas to make life a little better for four families. This will be the first of several projects the two organizations will be working on together. The work that will completed by volunteers includes:

  • Replacing an unsafe porch and staircase for an elderly woman as well as working on the home’s exterior
  • Providing both interior and exterior work on the home of a client with spinal meningitis who is paralyzed from the shoulders down 
  • A client with mobility issues who must have one bathroom modified for ADA access before she can move back into her home.  This client cared for her mother prior to her recent death and is now  in need assistance herself. 
  • Two clients with developmental disabilities who need repairs on doors, decking, uneven flooring, as well as, interior and exterior painting  

When good neighbors come together great things happen. Thank you for being a good neighbor!

 Jo McEntire

Executive Director


NW AR RC&D Council Inc.



Over the past few months we have continued to build partnerships with others. Rebuilding Together of Northwest Arkansas which covers Benton and Washington Counties and Habitat for Humanity of Washington County are both likeminded groups that have similar programs with varying guidelines. Habitat has a very nice reuse store where we can purchase materials at a discounted price and we have already received a referral for assistance from Rebuilding Together for a family that didn't fit into their guidelines. We also received a $40,000.00 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation specifically for families in Washington and Benton Counties. There is strength in partnerships. Together we can give hope to those who had none.


Jo McEntire

Executive Director

NW AR RC&D Council, Inc. 


Thank you for your continued support as we raise funds to assist the poorest members of our NW Arkansas Communities. Since we met the GlobalGiving Challenge in August we have partnered with the Fuller Center for Housing of North Central Arkansas which covers five of our nine counties including Boone, Marion, Newton, Searcy and Carroll. This like-minded organization has a strong volunteer base that will help stretch funding to its maximum potential. Two grant applications have been submitted requesting a total of $76,000.00 and two more are being written. Our goal is to raise a minimum of $200,000.00 to be spent in the 2012 calendar year and to assist a minimum of fifty families. We have also put the word out that we are seeking a donation of a livable mobile home for the family who lives in the home featured on our project page. It is actually not feasible to repair the home they live in now. I would like to share the original letter this lady sent me requesting assistance. Some details have been removed to protect their privacy.

“Dear Ms. Jo McEntire,

              My name is (removed).  I am 60 years old and on disability. I really need some help with my house. I have leaks everywhere so bad I had to pull most the carpet up .My floor by the backdoor has rotted through. None of my doors lock, or close properly. I have no running water, no sinks, no showers. If I want a shower I have to go to the campground showers (removed).I have washed my hair many times standing on the porch in below freezing temps only to come into a very cold house of 40degrees in the winter. Today it is 100 degrees in the house in the summer. I have no cook stove because the electric is so bad that it shorted out 2 stoves, and almost caused a fire. None of the ceiling lights work because the wiring is so bad. Our clothes hanging in the back room have mildew on them from the leaks we have had. We have 3 holes where windows belong. Our walls are thin, and rotten. We have to unplug the skillet to use the coffee pot, unplug the coffee pot to use the microwave. Well you get the picture. We hookup a wood stove in the winter, but it doesn't help that much. You wake up and it is below freezing most the time. My daughter is my rock. We both live here. This place is a crumbling shell of a house. We have tried many times to get help, but something always stands in the way. We have signed up for weatherization, only to be turned down because we are in too bad of shape and they could do nothing. Was told that we needed emergency help and he would get in contact with another agency and get back to us. We never heard back from anyone. We had a big freeze, and a lot of deep snow right after that, and lost our electric for a week. We almost froze, but we made it. We were thinking of building an earthbag home because it has great insulation, and is inexpensive to build. They are safe in tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, etc. They are very safe. We have been hauling our water from 16 miles away from a spring in 2&3ltr bottles for 10 years now. We just want to live a normal life with a shower, running water. I want to cook healthy food.”

I think that said it all. Thank you again for your support and please contact me at 870-715-2933 if you know of someone who is willing to donate a livable mobile home for this family.

Jo McEntire

Executive Director

 NW AR RC&D Council, Inc.

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NW AR Resource Conservation & Development Council

Location: Harrison, AR - USA
NW AR Resource Conservation & Development Council
Project Leader:
Jo McEntire
Harrison, AR United States

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