Residents at Community Rescue Mission (CRM) in Fort Smith, Ark., will benefit from a $10,000 grant from the Arvest Foundation.

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The gift was announced recently at the Community Rescue Mission campus in Fort Smith. Roger Holroyd, Tim Shields, and Beth Presley of Arvest Bank were on hand to present the check.

The funds will go towards the residents’ identification and transportation program. This will enable residents to obtain a valid identification card as well as transportation to better equip them for obtaining and retaining employment.

“Thank you to the Arvest Foundation for selecting Community Rescue Mission as a recipient of the $10,000 grant,” said Heather Sanders, executive director of Community Rescue Mission. “This funding will allow us to assist our residents in overcoming some of the biggest barriers that they face, specifically the lack of identification and transportation. While CRM can meet the primary and short-term needs of these individuals, providing things such as food, safe shelter, supplies and guidance, the ability of our residents to gain employment and find permanent housing are crucial to establishing and maintaining long-term stability and independence. Yet without adequate identification and transportation, these goals often are very difficult and sometimes unachievable. Having the ability to meet these needs will allow us to help our clients reach their goals quickly and more efficiently, providing them hope in the midst of crisis. We are thankful for our community’s support as we strive to fulfill our mission to instilling hope and empower the lives of those in need.”

“We are pleased to present this donation on behalf of the Arvest Foundation to Community Rescue Mission,” said Roger Holroyd, bank president for Arvest in Fort Smith and the River Valley. “We are excited to have this opportunity to make an impact in Fort Smith. We are very thankful for the foundation’s ongoing commitment to help support our community.”