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Founded in the fall of 1997 by the Junior League of Fort Smith, the Fort Smith Children's Emergency Shelter provides shelter and care, in a safe and structured home-like environment to children ages 6-17 who have been removed from their home by the Department of Human Services due to neglect and/or abuse. In addition to providing all the essential daily, health and hygiene, and lifeskills needs to the children, the CES mission includes giving each child in crisis the opportunity to, "Just Be Kids!" 

In 2016, the CES expanded its mission to include an independent living program for foster youth ages 18 and older. Get REAL 24 is the only program of its kind in the State of Arkansas and gives young adult, foster youth the opportunity to live independently among their peers while receiving the lifeskills training necessary to become successful, contributing members of society. 
In 2017, the CES was named Arkansas' "Nonprofit of the Year" by Arkansas Business. 

Approximately 50% of the CES's budget comes from private donations, grants, and fundraisers. The remaining 50% is supported by reimbursements from the Department of Human Services. 
To find out how you can support the CES, or information on becoming a mentor or sponsor family for 
GR24, please call (479) 242-5771, email info@fsces.org, or check out www.childrensemergencyshelter.org; be sure to like us on facebook.