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Help a Neighbor

 
City Launches “Help a Neighbor” campaign in Partnership with HARK Center for Collaborative Care
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2018

 
Contact: Yolanda Fields
Community Resources Director
479-575-8290
yfields@fayetteville-ar.gov

 
FAYETTEVILLE­--The City of Fayetteville, in an effort to combat the challenges that can cause homelessness, has created the Help A Neighbor Fund campaign in partnership with the HARK Center for Collaborative Care.  The campaign uses a text-to-give platform that will allow the public to donate funds which HARK will distribute to those in the community in need.

To promote the Help a Neighbor Fund, the City is placing more than a dozen roadway signs near some of Fayetteville's busiest intersections throughout the city. These signs will present commuters with the information they need to text-to-give to the campaign, and also provide a phone number and website through which Fayetteville residents in need can connect with HARK Community Liaisons.  The Liaisons will coordinate personalized care for these individuals, connecting them with a host of providers who can assist them with housing, food, medical or mental health care, or other needs.

Donating to the Help a Neighbor Fund is easy.  Anyone with a mobile phone can text “FAY” to 50155 to donate. All proceeds go directly to assist Fayetteville residents in need.
Help a Neighbor Fund recipients must be Fayetteville residents, of low to moderate income. Funds may be used to cover expenses not covered by other social support services (such as SNAP benefits) in a reasonable amount of time. 

To learn more about the Help a Neighbor Fund, visit the City of Fayetteville’s Community Resources web page at fayetteville-ar.gov/helpaneighbor. Individuals seeking resources can connect with a Community Liaison through www.harknwa.com or by calling 479-709-2492.
 
About HARK Center for Collaborative Care
The Center for Collaborative Care was developed in response to findings from the Join the Solution research project in 2015 facilitated by Mercy NWA. Over 3,000 quantitative surveys and 348 qualitative interviews and focus groups were conducted with teachers, parents, human service providers, and individuals in Northwest Arkansas evaluating the climate of mental health, physical health, and basic needs services being offered to children and families. The study revealed that providers from mental health to housing to dental services to education are faced with overwhelming community needs and searching for a better way to collaborate. In response, the Center for Collaborative Care was developed to facilitate organizational support, build connectivity, and provide data and information. HARK connects providers and clients through sector development, deep relationships, and innovative technology to empower our community toward full collaboration.  HARK is a technology platform that bridges the complex human services systems and empowers individuals to take ownership of their care community, all from one user-friendly screen.  To learn more, visit collaboratenwa.com.

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