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Our House and homeless children

Arkansas ranks 31st among the states in child homelessness, 43rd with risk for child homelessness and 49th for child wellbeing for health problems of children below poverty level.

  • Children who are homeless are 4x more likely to show delayed development
  • 2x as likely to have learning disabilities as non-homeless children
  • By age of 12, 83% have been exposed to at least 1 serious violent event
  • Almost 25% have witnessed acts of violence within their families
  • Are sick 4x more than other children and have 5x more gastrointestinal problems
  • Have high rates of obesity due to nutritional deficiencies
  • Have 3x the rate of emotional and behavioral problems compared to non-homeless children

What do homeless children worry about?

  • They worry about not having a place to live
  • They worry that they will not have a place to sleep
  • They worry that something bad will happen to their family and that their family will have to be separated.
  • They worry that they will be hungry again
  • They worry about whether or not they will ever be able to have a friend

So, we are glad to be a part of the team with Our House, Inc. and Nabholz Construction Services to build a new 20,000 square foot Children’s Center – just for children. A place where kids can be kids, a place to learn and grow and a place to help break the cycle of homelessness.

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Building a House of Hope

Birch Tree Communities is dedicated to helping make a full life in the community possible for those recovering from mental illness.  Birch Tree’s Hope House 16-bed crisis unit in Benton, Arkansas had to balance necessary treatment, supervision and security needs with a healing and nurturing residential environment – all within a limited budget.  From its gabled roofs to the central courtyard, the 8,900 square foot, one -story Hope House feels decidedly non-institutional.  Elements such as garden and seating spaces, sheltered with a perforated metal privacy fence, were incorporated to offer access to outdoor spaces for therapy and for resting.  An open floor plan with views to outdoors and sight lines to the nurse’s station allows members to move comfortably through the building to shared gym and activity spaces and a seating porch, providing a sense of freedom and autonomy without sacrificing security.  A place where folks in their time of need can find serenity, comfort and above all, hope.

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Dempsey Bakery

Little Rock’s Dempsey Bakery featured in Travel and Leisure as a favorite place in Arkansas to stop for gluten-free goodies. Located in a renovated 1950’s car showroom, our client, Paula Dempsey envisioned with us the type of space for customers to visit and be excited about – and for some, it’ll be their first time in a bakery. Check out the bakery at www.dempseybakery.com.  Thanks to Steven Otis and Nancy Nolan for capturing these photos.

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Quy Wins Minority Business Award, Best Hair Salon, Best Manicure/Pedicure and Finalist for Best Day Spa

A complete remodel in just four weeks! Quy’s goal was to inconvenience her customers as little as possible. Herron Horton Architects understood her vision and worked closely with Quy to make the most of her space. Bell Construction committed to a firm finish date with no excuses working long hours, seven days a week. Quy is dedicated to her customers and her staff and has been voted the number one salon and spa more often and by more people than any other place in the Little Rock area.