The Next Step Homeless Services

The Next Step Homeless Services

Giving Hope & Real Answers to the Homeless Community in the Greater Fort Smith Region We operate a homeless day shelter/resource center where we provide individualized case management.

We also own/operate three supportive group homes and four transitional family homes for those facing homelessness. They are the Buddy Smith Home, the Esther Home and the Gabriel House, the Calderera Home, the Jack Bradley Freedom Home, the 12th Street Home and the Next Step duplex. We are a United Way Community Partner and a CDBG recipient.

Mission: To provide individualized case management to homeless individuals with direction toward self-sufficiency.

Operating as usual

[09/18/20]   Thank you Methodist Village, Okay Foods, Tankersly Food and our friend Bryant Dooly Jr. for the bounty of food delivered to our shelter today from the staff cookout at Methodist Village. You are appreciated so much!

[09/18/20]   Thank you so very much to St. Bartholomew’s Church for the delicious lunch today for the homeless at our day shelter. We ❤️ you guys!

[09/15/20]   The cooking elves have been busy at First United Methodist Church. Thank you to them for bringing the best chicken pot pies for our lunch crowd today. It was wonderful.

It’s starting to look like fall and many are asking us how they can help as the temperatures get colder for those homeless we serve, who due to many circumstances, are staying outside. While our efforts are to get people housed and inside, the reality is that many homeless need extra help keeping warm during the winter months. Here’s a list of items that are requested that we give out for free every day during the winter months:

Winter adult hats, gloves and scarves

Adult jackets and coats (clean please)

Individual packets of hand warmers


Easy to open canned meat/ravioli, etc

We can receive these items at our emergency day shelter, Monday- Friday 8 am-2 pm. 123 N 6th Street

[09/12/20]   We are very grateful to have Grace Community church, their donations and support adding to our pantry. Thank you for your help!

It was great to have the Fort Smith Police Department in the House today serving lunch. Thanks for helping us today!

We would like to express our gratitude to Christ the King for providing the delicious burritos you brought for lunch for the homeless at our agency earlier this week. Your crew is wonderful.

Thank you to the Elks Lodge 341 for the Spotlight Grant to benefit our Gabriel House. We so appreciate your support of our work!
The Gabriel House is Next Step’s permanent supportive house for men. Men in our housing program can pay rent, get case management services and live at the house as long as they choose to. The Gabriel House is one of the three group homes that we own. We also have 5 single family homes to serve the homeless in our area.

[08/31/20]   Thank you Jim’s Razorback Pizza for providing a hot lunch to our homeless on such a rainy, messy day. We appreciate you!!

[08/23/20]   Thank you to St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church for providing lunch to almost 100 individuals on Friday. You outdid yourself! It was yummy.

Thank you to Fort Smith Public Schools for providing us with two carloads of supplies for the homeless children in our housing program and shelter. We know our families will also feel blessed!

Thank you to the FSPD for making relationships with our clients and our staff!

Always fun serving lunch at The Next Step Homeless Services! Such a great program for our citizens in need. See ya next month!

Thank you to Grand Avenue Baptist for blessing us with so many cases of water. You are awesome!

Last week a grateful Creative Kitchen employee shared a photo of an alley that a homeless man had cleaned outside her building. The post spurred many comments of support and kindness, as well as tales of his work downtown. One of our clients, Paul, is the generous helper. He is in need of shelter and help with expenses so Next Step will be looking for temporary housing for him. We have provided him with a phone and food. If you would like to help, please donate to this fund. It will only be spent on Paul’s living expenses. We hope everyone’s generosity can improve his future. Contact our executive director to learn more at [email protected].

Thank you Christ the King and Brittney Owens and Cindy Barr for bringing a delicious lunch for our clients today and becoming part of our monthly lunch team. We appreciate you!

United Way of Fort Smith

Thank you First Presbyterian Church of Fort Smith, AR for your support in our efforts to care for and house the homeless in our community. We are immensely grateful for you!

We are proud supporters of many causes that aid in the good of our community. Today we presented 7 local agencies (who requested assistance) with funding. The agencies included: Ronald McDonald House, Community Rescue Mission, Fort Smith Police Department, Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund, Next Step Homeless Services, Children’s Emergency Shelter and Literacy Council for a total of $61,640! This would not be possible without our church trustees who designated monies for us to help our community. Pictured with agency representatives are members of our Super Trust Committee: Ken Wallace, Elly Gibbons, and Laura Cate. Also pictured Keley Simpson Missions Facilitator. #transformfortsmith #fortsmithstrong

[08/05/20]   Thank you Jim’s Razorback Pizza for providing lunch at Next Step. Your food is yummy and your community service is so appreciated.

United Way of Fort Smith

Great weather for a golf tournament! Thank you to Arvest for sponsoring the pro-am and to our volunteers for helping make things run smoothly!

[08/02/20]   Many thanks to Brad Thomas, State Farm agent here in Fort Smith, for your generous contribution to our agency. We appreciate your support and visit.

Next Step COVID-19 testing - Southwest Times Record

[07/30/20]   Many thanks to River Valley Primary Care for dedicatiing their staff and testing resources to the homeless population at our facility over the last two days. 86 homeless individuals were tested as well as 7 staff. We are grateful for you!

River Valley Primary Care helped us take care of our homeless clients today during this COVID pandemic by providing COVID testing for the homeless in our building. They tested 56 clients today! They will be at our emergency shelter again tomorrow. Thank you to their wonderful team!

Thank you to the Rheem team
(Gloria Liu, Sherry Sims and Lea Woods) for providing a yummy lunch to our homeless clients today!!

[07/24/20]   Thank you Children’s Service League for providing Next Step with jeans, shirts and coats for the homeless of our area to use. You do great work and we appreciate you sharing the clothing you can’t use for school age kiddos.

Thanks to these fine folks from St. John’s Episcopal Church for feeding our homeless clients today at lunch. We appreciate you!

United Way of Fort Smith

Please visit our website at for ways to donate to our virtual Fill the Bus School Supply Drive!

Next Step strives to serve the vulnerable homeless population everyday. We also seek justice and equality for all in our community in all we do. Our staff took the opportunity yesterday to stand together against the racial injustices in our nation.

Our agency is so grateful for the bus load of cases of water from Grace Community Church. Kim and Kathleen were troopers today as they helped unload the 70 cases of water in the extreme heat. Our homeless clients will benefit greatly from your donation.

[07/15/20]   Thank you to Firestation 1 and Fort Smith EMT for coming to the aid of a homeless client at our day shelter today. You are so appreciated. We have some really great police, fire and emergency personnel in Fort Smith!

United Way of Fort Smith

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Thank you to the Fort Smith Police Department for coming to serve our homeless clients today at our day shelter. We appreciate you and look forward to your visits!

[07/06/20]   Thank you to Jim’s Razorback Pizza for the wonderful lunch you brought our homeless clients today. The food was delicious and so appreciated!

[07/04/20]   Happy Independence Day from Next Step. We celebrate our beautiful country today and all the freedoms and responsibilities we enjoy. Stay safe everyone.

Thank you to the Elk’s Lodge 341 for the generous donation to help us serve veterans in our programs.

Fort Smith Elks Lodge 341 donated their Freedom Grant to the The Next Step Homeless Services for their services to veterans in our city.
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123 N 6th St, Ste 200
Fort Smith, AR

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Our operating hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00
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