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Sen. Robert Thompson (from right) presents a DHS grant for $15,000 to Tonjia Miles, The Children's Shelter administrator and Judy Turnbull, board president. Also attending the presentation was State Rep. James Ratliff.

Children's Shelter receives grant

The Children's Shelter of Northeast Arkansas was recently awarded a grant for $15,000 through the Department of Human Services.

The funds were made available due to the passage of Act 368, which provides capital improvement funds for homeless shelters in the state.

State Senator Robert Thompson sponsored the legislation, which was passed during the 2013 legislative session.

Act 368 is funded from the state's General Improvement Funds, part of the budget surplus appropriated by the legislature earlier this year.

"Because Governor Beebe and the legislature were conservative with budgeting over the past year, we enjoyed a budget surplus that can now be used to help organizations like The Children's Shelter," Thompson said.

Thompson encouraged The Children's Shelter board to apply for the grant. "The Children's Shelter is a vital institution that serves and protects needy children in Northeast Arkansas," Thompson said. "I am glad to have assisted The Children's Shelter in advancing its worthy projects."

The Children's Shelter Administrator Tonjia Miles said the funds will be used to purchase a new commercial dishwasher as well as for other capital improvements.

"We are very excited and blessed to receive this grant," Miles said.

The Children's Shelter, located at Walnut Ridge, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization devoted to providing services to foster children and families.

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