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Ribbon Cutting And Dedication of Maggie House!

December 1, 2015 marked a historical day for Family Ministries, with it’s ribbon cutting and dedication of Maggie House, a beautiful 33 bed...

December 1, 2015 marked a historical day for Family Ministries, with it’s ribbon cutting and dedication of Maggie House, a beautiful 33 bed Residential Home For Children in Charleston, Arkansas.  It was a beautiful sunny day with over 600 people in attendance. The governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, was guest speaker for this special event, along with Cecile Blucker, director of the Arkansas Department of Children and Family Services.  Rev. Tim York, the chairman of the Board of Trustees and Frank Woods, CEO/President of Free Will Baptist Family Ministries also spoke.  Maggie House began receiving children on December 10, 2015. Woods stated, “We are so thankful for what God has done through the people in the State of Arkansas as well as many other States in the support of this much needed facility. Through all their efforts a total of $470,000 has already been raised for the Maggie House project. The total cost of remodeling the facility was just slightly under $1 million with the balance after donations being financed for Free Will Baptist Family Ministries by Simmons Bank in Charleston, Arkansas.”

The creation of Maggie House, a former nursing home next to First Free Will Baptist Church in Charleston, was a collective effort of hundreds in the region. Many of them came together for the dedication and ribbon cutting with the Charleston Chamber of Commerce. In March 2014, Mr. Fred Shaffer offered to give the former Greenhurst Nursing Center to Free Will Baptist Family Ministries. Family Ministries has cared for at-risk children since 1939 on their main campus in Greeneville, Tennessee and have operated the Florence Crittenton Home in Little Rock, Arkansas since 2004. The Maggie House was named in honor of Maggie Schaffer, Fred Shaffer’s mother and the original owner of Greenhurst Nursing Home. Governor Hutchinson also said the government alone cannot meet the demand for foster care homes in Arkansas and commended Free Will Baptist Family Ministries and others faith-based groups for their work.  Hutchinson said after his Restore Hope Summitt in August (which attracted more than 500 church and non profit leaders) the state has increased its number of foster homes by 109 and increased the number of available beds for children by 232.

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