Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter Celebrates 20 Years

Posted: April 2, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF Jackie and Will Keller, from left, tour the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter on Tuesday with their granddaughter, Kalyna Keller, a shelter employee. A ceremony marking the 20th anniversary and was held in the gym and recognized founders, administrators, staff and former shelter residents.

It's staggering to think what a simple question can lead to if asked by passionate people with proper support and a progressive outlook, Jeffrey Harsh said Tuesday.

Fast Facts

Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

• The shelter opened Dec. 6, 1993, with five residents

• It accepts girls up to age 17 and boys up to age 12

• It can care for up to 48 children a day

• Children can stay there for up to 45 days

• It serves more than 73,000 meals and snacks annually

• Its staff takes children to 1,100 medical and dental visits annually

• Its children go on more than 300 outings annually

• State funding covers about 25 percent of its costs

Source: Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

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