time to grow
our new rest and recreation center
The Rest and Recreation Center will be a one-of-a-kind facility in Arkansas, and a flagship facility for affiliate branches throughout the United States. From the foyer to the specialized small and large space, to the fully-accessible outdoor space, the facility will appeal to the senses of each and every child, teen, and young adult, with and without special needs.
The new space will allow us to provide rest and recreation for more families in the Northwest Arkansas area. It will also allow us to connect with more volunteers from throughout the community, teaching them how to interact with individuals with disabilities and their families.
The facility will also be a training center for churches from around the country and the globe. Oftentimes, individuals and families living with disability are ignored or excluded out of ignorance or fear of not knowing what to say or do. We believe that serving individuals with disability can disintegrate stereotypes of disability. We also believe that the church should be the most inclusive and accessible place on the planet! People with disabilities or special needs are made in the image of God and welcome into the body of Christ. Through short-term trips to the Rest & Recreation Center churches can learn how to interact with and include individuals with special needs and their families into the life of the church.
our building program
The 10,000 square feet, new-build construction will be a metal building framed with a mix of metal siding and wood for the exterior. This will allow for economy and clear spanning capabilities. The exterior will have elegant lighting, signage, and architectural wood elements. The interior is fun, light, and open with a whimsical theme based on the Ability Tree logo. As an example, one can see a 3D interpretation of the tree in the Entry/Reception area. Messages and way finding will be creative and found throughout the building. An emphasis on health, safety, and security has also been taken into consideration. Custom pieces and specialty equipment can be found throughout the multi-purpose facility. The program allows for a variety of activities and services for all ages and accessibility needs.
Ground breaking took place on March 1, 2019. Construction commenced on March 4, 2019, with the completion date scheduled for the end of December 2019, and Grand Opening on January 18, 2020.
our fundraising goals
Projected cost of the facility, land and furnishings: $2,3290,000.
Over the past 18 months, we have secured pledges and gifts of more than $2,255,000 from the following families and organizations: Soderquist Family; Simmons Foods; Simmons Family Foundation; Harps; La-Z-Boy Foundation; the Mabee Foundation; and others. On October 9, 2018, the Mabee Foundation issued a challenge grant in the amount of $400,000. We had one year to raise over $789,000 to meet the challenge. We are happy to say, through God’s provision and generous donors, we met the challenge with time to spare!
In addition to our fundraising efforts, it is important to acknowledge that our current facility was gifted to us by the Green Family (Hobby Lobby) after several years of having free use of it as a gift from the Allen Family of Siloam Springs. We are about $75,000 away from completion of the project and will be seeking additional $500,000 to endow the facility.
If you, your church, or your company are interested in being a partner in our Time to Grow Building Campaign, please send us a message.
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