The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas has an ongoing source of money that will support staff salaries and operating costs through an endowment from the Hunt family.
The family behind JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc., in Lowell, the largest public trucking company in the United States, has established an endowment of $750,000 for the region’s Salvation Army chapter, according to a statement. press release issued Tuesday by the non-profit organization.
The Salvation Army of Northwest Arkansas serves homeless people and other hardships in Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington counties.
Annual income from the endowment through the Community Foundation of Arkansas will go to housing-focused accommodation programs, the statement said. The foundation is a statewide nonprofit that works to protect, grow and direct charitable dollars, according to the release.
The money will allow The Salvation Army to support staff salaries, training and further education and provide flexibility in the purchase of equipment and materials to keep the organization’s shelters in working order. , the statement said.
Additionally, Jane Hunt, daughter of JB and Johnelle Hunt, donated $250,000 to the Salvation Army Regional Command Headquarters and Shelter in Fayetteville. The support will allow the shelter to retain social workers who work with clients one-on-one to secure housing, the statement said.
Last year, Jane Hunt donated $1 million to New Beginnings, a micro-shelter project in Fayetteville that has 20 prefab homes and a service building for chronically homeless clients. The money helped complete construction of the project and wrap up the project’s fundraising campaign.
The Salvation Army in Fayetteville is in the midst of an expansion and renovation project at its shelter, increasing its capacity from 26 to 48 beds. In addition, its drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation program will expand from 20 to 26 beds. Work began in April with an expected construction schedule of six to nine months.
The estimated cost of the expansion is $1.2 million. Financial support has come from the Alice L. Walton Foundation, Willard & Pat Walker Charitable Foundation, Roberts Family Fund, Excellerate Foundation, Tyson Family Foundation, Fayetteville Central United Methodist Church, and a certain number of anonymous donors.
The Salvation Army helps people overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardship through social services, the statement said. Services include food, shelter and clothing for those in need, emergency relief for disaster survivors, and rehabilitation from drug and alcohol abuse.
Clients also receive life skills counseling and training and financial assistance for needs such as rent, utilities, prescriptions and travel expenses, the statement said.