About Us


Community Rescue Mission

Community Rescue Mission is a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides safe shelter, meals, and needed support to help people get back on their feet as quickly as possible.  When people come to our door, most are broken and in crisis with no place to call home.  Imagine how you would feel if you did not know where you would lay your head tonight nor from where your next meal would come.  Multiply those concerns several times over if you had children in tow.  Whatever the circumstance, we are here to instill hope and empower lives while offering Christ-like hospitality and care.  

Since 1981.

How You Can Help

It is important to note that Community Rescue Mission recieves ZERO dollars from city, state, federal, or any government entity.  We DO NOT receive funding from the United Way.  We are completely supported by your generous contributions. 

We need your financial support to enable us to never turn any family away because of limited resources to provide for them.  There are many worthy causes in our community, but when you make a gift to Community Rescue Mission, you can be confident it is widely used toward your intended purpose.

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Apples on a Mission Fundraiser

Thanks to you and others, we have provided food and shelter for 34,582 men, women, and children through the sale of over 11,500 boxes of apples since 1994.

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It is a time for communities to band together to support worthy causes. Community Rescue Mission participates in Giving Tuesday. Click here to learn more about Giving Tuesday.

Campus Renovation

We are renovating our family shelter.  We broke ground in March  2019 and expected to be completed in October 2019. If you want to know more about our capital campaign, call 479.434.2155

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Citygate Network Member

Community Rescue Mission is member of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions.  To learn more about Citygate, you can visit their website by clicking the button below.

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Instill Hope Empower Lives Campaign

Phase I: Family Revovation & Campus Improvements


Our long days of planning now pale by comparison as we prepare to equip our inspired vision with a focus on families and children. That does not mean we will not serve the needs of a few other serious-minded people who need emergency care to get back on their feet. It does mean, however, we will plan our campus renovation and programs to accommodate families and children foremost, as shown in Phase I of our campus renovation plan.


This plan enlivens our campus and aligns our facilities with our mission. Nothing like this is currently available in Fort Smith to minister and serve the complex life needs of children, youth, and families.  The design removes any stigma of a “shelter” and replaces old images with a welcoming, safe, home-like environment families can call home during their life transition. 

The capital campaign will seek three-year commitments from friends to provide funding for the renovation.


Want to know more?

Call us at 479.434.2155 to learn more about our campus renovation and how you can help.



Board Members


City Christian Fellowship – Bill Stuckey    

Covenant Presbyterian Church – Cheryl Cole

Evangel Temple – Charlie Murphy  

First Lutheran Church – Brenda Acord

First Presbyterian Church – Dr. Mike Thames  

First United Methodist Church -  Marlin Fretheim

Goddard United Methodist Church  - Mike Mankin

Grace Community Church – Kathleen Halliburton

Harvest Time Tabernacle – April Phipps   

New Life Church - Kim Shaver

St. John’s Episcopal Church - Dr. Tony Flippin

St. Luke Lutheran Church - Debbie Andrews Kraus

St. Paul United Methodist Church – Charles "Tiny" Muehe  

Ss. George & Alexandra Orthodox Christian Church – Fr. Nicholas Roth

Wesley United Methodist Church – Norma Strang  

West-Ark Church of Christ – Shane Bocksnick

At Large Directors: Bert Lewis, Mike Miller, Garry Peevy, Curtis Sawyer, Jeanne Carroll

Ex-Officio: Linda Gurlen Billingsley, Robert E. Miller, Harley Strang, Ken Wallace, Abram Sopshire


Heather Sanders: Executive Director

Jeannie Newton: Program Director/Case Manager

Shanelle Livingston: Intake Coordinator

Kim White: Executive Assistant to the Board

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