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First Baptist Church of Bentonville programs.

First Baptist Church of Bentonville, using a combination of donations as well as annual grants from the government or United Way, provides emergency aid and guidance to struggling families. The clients of the agency come from all backgrounds. Some are senior citizens, have a disability, or maybe they are victims of domestic violence. When possible, and qualified, some form of support will be provided.

Each month, dozens of families from around Benton County seek help. While of course not every person will be qualified, and money for expenses such as rent or food will run out during the year, the agency will try to meet the applicant's needs. If not possible, referrals will be given.

The food pantry at First Baptist Church of Bentonville as well as seasonal services, such as the Holiday Meal and Toy Distribution Program meet, the needs of low-income residents. Based on the amount of groceries available and donation levels, there may be free toys, bags of food from the pantry and warm coats. A focus in on working poor parents and children enrolled in Head Start, Angel Tree gifts, Thanksgiving Dinner, and Christmas food baskets.

Many of those from Benton County who are eligible for services have health concerns or family issues. Others are struggling for the first time, due to plant closings, work lay-offs, salary cuts, high costs of living and rent in Benton County, prolonged unemployment, and so on. The non-profit does its best to feed and support those who are in need.

Emergency Financial Assistance – To receive help, the Benton County resident must be in a crisis. They also need a picture ID, clients name on the utility bill or lease, proof of income, and be local to the county. When it comes to income, this includes statements such as pay stubs, Food Stamps (SNAP) letter, any cash payments from disability, and child support.

Once this documentation has been obtained, to receive an appointment, a completed application must be done. The potential client will be need to meet with a case manager, so they will be contacted to schedule an appointment. Based on the results, there may be support from First Baptist Church of Bentonville such as food from the pantry, no interest loans for expenses such as rent or transportation, and other emergency aid.





First Baptist Church of Bentonville provides support to individuals to get people that are relocating from a shelter or a transitional housing unit to an apartment or home. The fact is many of these clients struggle to pay for beds, appliances, refrigerators, furniture, and other household items. The programs from the church, using donations, can provide them. This can lead to increased independence for formerly homeless people in Benton County Arkansas.

This assistance is not only available, but of course the team at First Baptist Church of Bentonville also tries to help families obtain and/or maintain a primary home. So the furniture referenced above may also be combined with help in reviewing a lease, paying for security deposits, and other financial aid.

For children living in a low-income family, the First Baptist Church of Bentonville is primarily focused on ensuring they receive their education and have their developmental needs met. Supportive care, hot meals, education and enhancing a struggling family’s sense of stability and independence are part of the programs action plan. This may be accomplished by offering these children from households living in poverty the necessary early childhood education services. The parents and family from Benton County Arkansas will also have access to support so they can maintain their health and overall well-being from prenatal to age five years.

The address of the church is at 220 South Main Street, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712. Appointments are needed from all applicants to the church. Call them at (479) 273-3379 for details.




By Jon McNamara











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