NEW FACILITY: The Compassion Center, a faith-based homeless shelter, has announced its plans to renovate a new facility for women and children. Brian Chilson

Little Rock Compassion Center, the faith-based homeless shelter and soup kitchen, has announced it will renovate the former Arkansas Forestry Commission headquarters building at 3821 W. Roosevelt Road to create a new facility for women and children who are homeless and unsheltered. Pastor William Holloway, CEO of the Compassion Center, estimates the renovation could be complete in three to four months.

According to a press release, the Compassion Center purchased the 14,000-square-foot building last year, but only recently received the necessary zoning approval and permits from the city of Little Rock. The Compassion Center has a small emergency shelter for women and children at 4210 Asher Ave. that provides 40 beds for women nightly. The Center’s main facility at 3618 W. Roosevelt provides beds for 200 men nightly.

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Holloway wrote in the press release that the small women’s and children’s emergency shelter has been “overwhelmed by the needs of this unique homeless population.” The new facility will be renovated to include showers, sleeping quarters and eventually a commercial kitchen. Women who stay at the shelter will have access to “educational programs, counseling, life skills, computer and job readiness classes” and Bible courses.

The Compassion Center will host tours of the new facility in the next few weeks to “show Little Rock residents what is planned and how they can help,” as the nonprofit is also asking for donations to help pay for the estimated $750,000 that Holloway said is required for the building’s renovation. The shelter is also seeking donations of furniture, beds, bed linens and towels.

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