September 2016
Recently one of the Hillcrest Children's Home houseparents encountered a parent of some former residents. 
"Are you one of those parents at Hillcrest?"   I looked at her, puzzled, and said, "Yes I am, how did you know?" She then laughs, I'm sure at my bewildered expression, and says, "It's your shirt." I was wearing a 70th anniversary Hillcrest shirt. I then laughed with her and again said that I was in fact a houseparent with Hillcrest.
She then began to tell me her story of having 4 children taken away several years ago, and that because of Hillcrest she was able to sober up, get her life on track, and get full custody back of all 4 of her children. She said that Hillcrest was such a blessing during a dark time in her life, and that the support, counseling, and overall encouragement she received from our campus is what she attributes to their life today. She also said that "It definitely helped knowing my kids were in a place where they were cared for and they were happy." She said that ever since then, she has been completely sober, living life, and has a happy home.
Each day is filled with fresh stories, like this one, of redeeming grace for fatherless kids and their families.   What describes each one of those stories?
  • No longer hungry
  • Welcomed at 3am
  • Adopted.
  • Safe.
  • Tutored forward in school.
  • Dental braces.
  • Corrective lens.
  • Connected to Jesus.
  • Helped to college.
  • Rebuilding trust.
  • Reunited with family.
  • And more.
Through supporters of COMP ACT, near and far, lives of kids are being changed and families are being redeemed.  What is being done at COMP ACT matters. 

Between the ministries of Hillcrest (72 years) and Highlands (50 years), approximately 8,000 children, youth, and families have been served.  To date in 2016, 155 children have been aided by the programs in this ministry. 

As students on our campus are aging out of the foster care system, they are provided an opportunity to move into our Transitional Living Center building.  
TLC is currently home to 11 residents and is in desperate need of 4 air/heat units for four of the apartments.  Each unit is approx. $650 and the total need for all four units is $2600.  

Can you help with this need?

Any donation can be sent by check to COMPACT Family Services, 2325 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901 or online
here .
Mark your calendar now for our 3rd annual Run for the Family 5K on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7am. We invite you to join us and bring your family, friends and church groups. OR, gather a group of friends and host your own race at a location and time of your choosing!  See below how to register:
Join us on the day of the race at Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs, AR and run or walk along side the staff and kids of Hillcrest Children's Home.  Awards will be given out on this day to the top three overall (male and female) participants as well as the top three in each age category.
Register as a "Runner/Walker" participant. 
If running isn't your passion or cup of tea, then have a cup of tea and run the race "virtually" in your mind.  Or you can choose to run/walk the race 
at a location, time and date of your choosing. By choosing this option and registering, you are still supporting a great case, just from your choice of place and time. We will even send you a t-shirt through the mail!  Use the hashtag #IRunfortheFamily   to let us know how you are planning to be a part.  Invite others to join you!
Register as a "Virtual Runner/Walker" participant.
Take it literally the extra mile and choose to be a  "Team COMPACT" participant.   Team COMPACT participants can be either actual participants the day of the race or virtual participants.  Each Team COMPACT participant is committing to raise at least $250 (approx. value of one year of child sponsorship).  By fulfilling this goal, the $25 registration fee will be waived and thanks to an event sponsor, additional bonuses will be added according to what is raised - see below the event sponsored bonuses.
Register as a "Team COMPACT Runner/Walker".
Raise   $250 and earn a COMPACT Stainless Steel Tumbler
Raise   $500 and earn a Nike COMPACT Hat plus the Tumbler
Raise $1000 and earn a COMPACT Pullover, Nike Hat, and the Tumbler
Raise $2000 and earn your choice of an Apple Watch or iPad Mini 2 (32GB) plus the                        Pullover, Hat, and Tumbler


Birthday cards are always a treat to our kids on campus.  Please consider taking a few moments and sending a birthday blessing and word of encouragement to the following ones celebrating next month. 

If you would like a full birthday list as opposed to waiting on this report each month, contact our office and we will get one for you.  Thank you for your continued support in making each of these kids feel special on their birthday.
September 4, Belle* - 18 yrs.
September 7, Fae* - 2 yrs.
September 25, Brittany* - 2 yrs.
September 28, Seth* - 17 yrs.
September 29, Lilli* - 18 yrs.

October 2, Dusty* - 13 yrs.
October 20, Henry* - 7 yrs.
October 23, Rose Marie* - 10 yrs.
October 29, Jane* - 17 yrs.
Send cards, letters or gifts to:
COMPACT Family Services
Attn:  (insert name)
2325 Malvern Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901

*In order to protect the identity of our students, the names listed above are the pen names that each of them selected as well as the age they will turn.  Each one listed is an actual student on our campus. 

      COMPACT  Family Services
     2325 Malvern Ave. |  Hot Springs, AR  71901
     (501) 262-1660

COMPACT is a DBA of Assemblies of God Family Services Agency
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