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Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters . At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – This will ONLY bring you to the correct information center in the area code within the very same City/Town in the County & State you purchased/acquired your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to:


For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:


Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.




OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.





Northwest Arkansas 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free and confidential way to find out about important health and human services programs in your community. Call 2-1-1 for information about health care, help paying rent and utility bills, transportation services, job training, mental health counseling and much more.


POSTED 07-15-12





Fresh Harvest

Tales Of The Crypt Levon Helm Downhome Jubilee
Hot Springs Film Festival A BOO-tiful October in the Arkansas Delta
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival Lineup

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Zoie Clift

The Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival is the longest running documentary film festival in the U.S. Check out what’s on the agenda for this year’s event, which is October 9-18 in Hot Springs.

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A BOO-tiful October in the Arkansas Delta

Kim Williams by
Kim Williams

Ohhh….October! In the Arkansas Delta this month, there’s no shortage of fun and excitement. Music? We’ve got it! Want to be scared? We’ve got that too! Great food? We’ve got you covered in the Arkansas Delta in October!

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Five Fun Fall Activities Five Fun Fall Activities
Five Fun Fall Activities

Jill Rohrbach by
Jill Rohrbach

When the lazy hot days of summer pass and the cooler crisp air of fall moves in, the great outdoors beckons. The Natural State offers many ways to see the changing leaves up close or via sweeping panoramas. Try these ideas for getting outside to hike, bike, ride, drive or paddle in the Arkansas Ozarks.

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Arkansas’s Fall Color Season is a Sight to Behold

Kerry Kraus by
Kerry Kraus

Autumn in Arkansas is the perfect traveling time. Cooler temperatures, gorgeous fall color, tons of festivals and events: it is indeed the perfect season.

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Cavern Headlamp Tour
Take the Blanchard Springs Caverns in Mountain View. Tours are on Saturdays at 12:45 pm. This one-hour tour through part of the middle level of the caverns goes through large water-carved passages. See marvelous formations using only a helmet-mounted light. With nearly 200 stairs, this tour is not recommended for those with walking or health problems. Call for rates and reservations.
Blanchard Springs Caverns Visitor Center, Mountain View
Phone: 870-757-2211

Exploring Arkansas’s Past
Spend the day exploring Arkansas’s Past at Arkansas Post National Memorial in Gillett. The first semi-permanent French settlement in the lower Mississippi Valley, Arkansas Post was the site of the only Revolutionary War skirmish in Arkansas. Tour the old townsite area, where you’ll find the location of the bank, the tavern, the gin and the trading factory. Walk alongside the Confederate trenches and see the Civil War rifle pits from the Battle of Arkansas Post. Be on the lookout for a variety of native wildlife, including the resident alligator!

1741 Old Post Road, Gillett
Phone: 870-548-2207


Riding the Civil War Trails

Last year, Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism Group Travel Section launched the “I Rode the Civil War Trail” motorcycle brochure. An additional promotion was for riders to complete the eight Civil War trails in Arkansas to receive an “I Rode the Civil War Trail” patch. The first two riders to visit all of the sites were Johnny and Mildred Glascock of Blytheville.
The married couple completed the ride together and each received a patch. They took photos along the route and told us how much they liked the ride, “this event is a lot of fun and very informative. We are really glad we took the time to complete this,” the couple said.
The trails they completed include Prairie Grove, Pea Ridge, the Little Rock Campaign, the Attack on Pine Bluff, the Confederate Approach to Helena, the Camden Expedition, Price’s Raid, and Ozark to the Battle of Fayetteville. The actual routes taken by troops are highlighted in the brochure.
If you are planning on riding the trail to earn a patch the rules are as follows: participants are to send photos accompanied by a brief description to upon completion of all eight rides. Brochures are downloadable from They are available by e-mailing or from one of the 13 Arkansas Welcome Centers located at strategic entry points into the state. For more information contact Renee Robison by e-mail at or by phone at 501-682-1219 or 800-872-1259.


Art you ready? Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Is NOW OPEN!!

The art world, tour operators, planners and Arkansas citizens have excitedly anticipated the opening of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Welcoming visitors inside on November 11, 2011 in Bentonville, the museum is expected to change the face of the art world and by doing so, the spectrum of attractions in the Northwest corridor of Arkansas. Crystal Bridges will be a vibrant, engaging place that offers a variety of activities for visitors. When completed, the Museum complex will encompass galleries, a library, meeting and office space, a glass-enclosed gathering hall, a museum store, a restaurant, and areas for outdoor concerts and public events. In addition, more than three miles of walking and biking trails through the Museum’s 120-acre grounds offer visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the beautiful Ozark landscape and enjoy sculptures, gardens, and interactive education areas.

Group tours will begin in March, scheduling will be available after the opening. All groups of 10 or more are encouraged to make a reservation so the Museum can provide the best possible experience. Guided tours are available for groups with 24 hours prior notice. To schedule a group visit or guided tour, call 479.418.5788.

Admission to the museum will be free thanks to a $20 million grant from Walmart. Spanning five centuries, the permanent collection will begin with the Colonial era and end with current day art. Special exhibits will enhance the existing collection. Crystal Bridges will be open Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Museum will be closed on Tuesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The trails are open from sunrise to sunset, every day.


Natural Wonders

The waters of the Spring River surge from beneath the ground at Mammoth Spring State Park in Mammoth Spring. Adjacent to the park is a Federal Fish Hatchery and aquarium. One of the great natural wonders of the mid-South. Mammoth Spring flows at an average hourly rate of almost 10 million gallons of 58-degree water. The pour-off creates Spring River, popular for canoeing and trout fishing. The 1886 Frisco Depot Museum houses a museum, picnic sites, pavilion, nature trails, and early hydroelectric power dam.

Ark. 9 & U.S. 63 North, Mammoth Spring
Phone: 870-625-7364


The Park at West End

In Fort Smith, The Park at West End, an old-fashioned amusement park, is located downtown adjacent to the Arkansas River bridge.
The Ferris wheel is a restored late-1930s model that was once displayed at the 1935 San Diego World’s Fair. It is an original from the
Eli Bridge Company. While George Washington Gale Ferris designed the first Ferris wheel, the Eli Bridge Company developed a
practical and portable wheel.

Another main feature is a hand-painted carousel from Treviso, Italy. A 1957 Pullman dining car serves as a diner, and a 1963 British
Leyland provides standard amusement park concessions. A Penny Arcade or retro games adds to the nostalgia, as does the tunes
playing on the park’s calliope circus wagon.

Second Street and Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith
Phone: 479-784-2368

Drive-through Safari

Wild Wilderness Drive-through Safari is a family travel destination in Northwest Arkansas. The 180-acre safari is home to a variety
of exotic animals. The drive-through portion of the park is four miles. You’ll also find petting parks, and walk-through areas for
interaction with the animals. Pony and camel rides operate on a seasonal basis. Visitors are encouraged to call before planning a
visit, to receive information about current animals and attractions. You can take your own lunch and make use of their picnic tables
or buy something at the snack bar.

20923 Safari Rd. off Ark. 59, Gentry
Phone: 479-736-8383


Natural Wonders

The waters of the Spring River surge from beneath the ground at Mammoth Spring State Park in Mammoth Spring. Adjacent to the
park is a Federal Fish Hatchery and aquarium. One of the great natural wonders of the mid-South. Mammoth Spring flows at an
average hourly rate of almost 10 million gallons of 58-degree water. The pour-off creates Spring River, popular for canoeing and
trout fishing. The 1886 Frisco Depot Museum houses a museum, picnic sites, pavilion, nature trails, and early hydroelectric power

Ark. 9 & U.S. 63 North, Mammoth Spring
Phone: 870-625-7364

House of Dolls

A 1,500-square-foot museum of more than 5,000 dolls, the Enchanted Doll Museum in Fort Smith contains a life-size Ken and Barbie
as well as antique dolls, including Shirley Temple, Madam Alexander, Effanbee, Kewpie, Betsy Wetsy, Cabbage Patch Kids, Annie,
Gerber, and Gone With the Wind brands. This is one of three new museums at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith.

7301 Terry St. , Fort Smith
Phone: 479-478-0225


Fort Smith National Historic Site

In Fort Smith, the federal court for the famed “Hangin’ Judge” Isaac C. Parker is housed in the Fort Smith National Historic Site, which also contains a re-creation of the 1886 gallows. Parker was largely responsible for bringing civilization to one of the last and wildest frontiers remaining in the American West. While some criticized Parker as being a cruel man, he maintained he was simply carrying out the law, which then required capital punishment.

3rd and Garland, Fort Smith
Phone: 479-783-3961
Web site:

Indian Rock House

Centuries before Europeans arrived in America, natives were living in natural stone shelters in the Ozarks. One of these so-called “Indian Rock Houses” is located in Fairfield Bay on Greers Ferry Lake. A short trail winds its way to the shelter from the community’s Log Cabin Museum.

Off Ark. 16, Fairfield Bay
Phone: 501-884-4899


Technology Tour – Fayetteville
Have you ever wondered how department stores keep track of their merchandise or how warehouses know what leaves the dock?
Well, take a guided tour of the facility that is one of the world’s preeminent retail development sites and learn. The RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Research Facility is part of the University of Arkansas system. With clients including Walmart and Bloomingdale’s, see what technology is being developed for store use. Whether it’s tracking devices which can pinpoint a box within inches in any warehouse, or dressing rooms that allow you to pay for purchases as you are trying on clothes. See the future of retail technology first hand.

The Clinton Birthplace – Hope
Clinton’s First Home Gets National Park Designation
The Bill Clinton First Home Museum will soon be a part of the National Park system, a designation that will give the modest structure on a busy street more visibility as a tourist destination. The home is a 2 1/2 story American four-square house. It was built in 1917 by Dr. H.S. Garrett and patterned from a design in France. The home has 2,100 sq. ft. The dwelling, which opened as a museum in 1997, conveys a lived-in feeling and is furnished with items dating to the late 1940s when Clinton lived there. A visitors center with a gift shop was added later.
To continue following the life of President Clinton you can visit The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum. It is located in Little Rock and contains a detailed history of the Clinton Presidency.

A Painted House – Lepanto
The Painted House, a John Grisham novel which was later made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, featured a home patterned after the boyhood home of the author. Lepanto was the site for a majority of the filming of the movie version. After the movie, volunteers from Lepanto raised money and traveled to Kansas City, Mo. to bring the house back to the small farming community. Now, the house is open for group tours Monday through Sunday, 1 – 4 p.m. For more information call 1-870-475-2307 or 870-475-2155.

Southern Tenant Farmer’s Museum – Tyronza
The Southern Tenant Farmer’s Museum in Tyronza, which opened on October 6, 2006, focuses on the tenant farming system of
agriculture in the South and the farm labor movement that arose in response to this system. The museum is owned and operated as an educational program of Arkansas State University (ASU) in Jonesboro. It is housed in the historic Mitchell-East Building, which served as a dry cleaning business in the 1930s and a service station for Clay East, two of the principal founders of the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union (STFU). The hours of operation for the museum are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with the museum closed on major holidays. To schedule reservations for groups of 10 or more call 1-870-487-2909.

QR Codes – Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism has embraced cutting edge technology by utilizing the latest in mobile linking software. On Oct. 1, 2009, the Tourism Division introduced Quick Response (QR) codes into all social marketing efforts.
QR codes, or mobile tagging, allow visitors to take advantage of URL shortcuts to travel information on travel in The Natural State. QR code technology originated in Japan in the late 1990s and is primarily used in the promotion of retail products. American businesses are starting to realize the benefits of using mobile tagging applications. Arkansas Group Travel has created their own QR code (to the left). This code can be scanned with your Blackberry or iPhone using free downloadable applications such as Beetagg (for Blackberry) or QR App (for the iPhone). Once scanned, the embedded URL is downloaded and saved for future viewing on the phones. The use of QR codes for maps and sample itineraries offers a great opportunity to be portable for the busy group tour operator. For the complete article click here



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