1st Quarter News

2021 Statistics

Men Housed - 251

Men employed - 339

Child Support Paid - $14,542.94

Taxes Paid - $238,730.54


Men Housed - 61

Men Employed - 73

Baptisms for the Quarter - 9

Letter from the Director - Eric Alexander


Hello and Greetings from the SHLR family,

This is a year that The Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it!! Despite all the challeges and attacks on our families and in our service to The Lord, even with the transitioning to glory for some of our dearest family member, even while bombs are still falling in Ukraine and killing helpless women and children and the elderly, we just know "God has a Plan", and it's right on schedule! Sometimes it seems as though, our prayers are going unheard, and if heard, going unanswered, the trick of the enemy is to make you believe that the situation is hopeless, when in fact, It's just the opposite, God is about to do something amazing! When we suffer long, it is a testament to our faith, steadfast belief that God will bring us through and bring us out!! We here at SHLR, both client and staff, are excited about the movement of God over and in this place, we can feel His presence and His touch. I am proud to say The Lord is raising up new leaders right out of this campus. It's amazing, that just when we feel we need Him most, He shows that someone needs Him now! And thru you, He wants to help them.

SHLR is in the process of digging and preparing a garden area this year, we have dug thru layers and layers of granite and backfill with topsoil. The men have pre planted their seeds in little cups, and are waiting for them to sprout. This is one of the new endeavors here in LR. The clients went to their second gospel concert this quarter. They went to see Casting Crowns on Thursday March 24th. It a spirit filled event, to be felt for a long time. We have experienced an increase in food donations and in clothes for our clients, that has been on an over flow level, we're having to send some to other cities.

We are anticipating new partners to start in the second quarter, we have plan to reach out to community for new partnership thru sales call and Admin referrals. We should have a new partner starting soon Haldex, that refurbish brakes for tractor trailers.

We are walking by Faith, here in LR and not by sight, the clients are engaging in class curriculum with good spirits, they are sharing and taking notes without supervision. We are look ahead to great and awesome things here at SHLR and we know that He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

We thank all of our supporters and pray that God continue to bless you because you have helped those in their time of need. May Gods grace and mercy be your covering, and hedge in you family from all harm and danger. Peace be unto you all, In the name of Jesus!!!!

A look around Little Rock

The guys watched a zoom from Mt. Nebo AME Church in College Station. The College Station Drug Awareness Week Sponsored by Sis. Linda Henson. The guest speaker was the Director of the Quality Living Center of LR.

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NA/AA Class on Wednesday night

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Guest speaker Pastor Murdock speaking at our evening service

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Garden time in Little Rock!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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The Safe Harbor LR church Service 03/13/22 @ 6pm. Our guest speaker Minister, Tracy Livingston, from Greater Second Baptist Little Rock. Scripture: Mark 10:17-28 “I’m worth it”

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Joshua Group in full swing lead by pastor Eric

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Playing corn hole on a rainy day on Sunday

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Pastor Hughes bringing us the Word Sunday night.

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Superbowl Sunday Evening Service. Thanks Leroy Norris (a Little Rock graduate) for donating 20 pizzas for the clients tonight


Chaplain Swift from Tyson Foods in Pine Bluff, AR donated 25 boxes of chicken nuggets to our facility this weekend. Thank you!


Our first church service & altar call for 2022


Celebration Sunday - March 2022

Reliable of the Month went to Jonathan Fogle & Stanley Wilson. Congratulations to you both!

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Client of the Month is Otis Hinman. Congrats!

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Client Volunteer of the Month is Michael Miller. Congratulations!

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Staff of the Quarter - Phillip Lancaster


Phillip has been with SHLR for a year and 8 months, he started as a driver and he is now our Asst. Chaplain. He does an amazing job, sharing sound biblical teaching and has a heart called for a work such as this. Phillip also helps with driving when needed and never refuse to help where ever he can.

Mr. Lancaster is most definitely an asset to our ministry, and always show concern for all the clients. He also helps with intakes and helps in the kitchen as well, I believe he fills in, in more areas than any other staff member we have including me. I am honored to select Mr. Lancaster as Staff of the Quarter. We will award him with a "power lunch" in his honor!

Partner of the Quarter - KT Produce

KT Produce is dedicated to giving our clients a second chance in life. Our partnership with them has been very fun and rewarding for both parties. We are excited about where we are going as partners in helping our clients become successful in life. We look forward to a bright future with KT Produce.

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Client of the Quarter - Larry Shannon


"I've spent twenty years in prison behind my meth addiction, not all at once but more in than out. I have not come close to being a father to my two daughters, nor was I ever a husband to my three ex-wives. I burnt every bridge I ever crossed and embarrassed my mother and father while doing so. I lived a dark and twisted life, and could easily write a book about that also but would rather not. It's much more pleasant to write about how God has pulled me from all of that.

I got saved August 4th, 2018. I have been clean ever since. I have been re-united with my children in which I have not seen in 14 years. After praying for God to guide and direct me, He does daily, and He gave me the opportunity to come to Safe Harbor. Safe Harbor has allowed me to get my life back on track spiritually, emotionally, and financially. I have been given the opportunity to get my C.D.L. and am working on that now. I have saved $4,600.00 so far and love the job that I have (KT Produce). I am healthy, feel good, and can not wait to see what other doors God will open for me. I have been forgiven for my sins and will not live another day for the devil. I am so grateful for Safe Harbor and the staff that have helped me in this transition."

Battle in the Saddle 2022

Battle in the Saddle 2022… what a weekend!

We want to thank every one of you who came out to support Safe Harbor & Battle in the Saddle. We had another amazing year, despite the weather not wanting to cooperate with us. With all of the support from our amazing sponsors and competitors we were able to raise $37,710.21!

New this year was two days of awesome pole bending competition. We were able to watch top notch competitors and their horses turn in blazing fast times. We had a total of 144 runs over the two days and paid out $7,104. Congratulations to our Average Winners; 1D – Josh Morton, 2D – Jaelyn Cooper, & 3D Amanda Ervin. We plan to have Pole Bending back for 2023 and have some really cool things in the works for next year as well!

Our Young Guns competition was nothing short of amazing. Seeing these kids giving it all they have is nothing less than impressive. Friday night Darcy Dement set the pace in the Young Guns class which rolled over into the Open. Her and her horse, Hel on Socks, ended up winning 2nd in the Open with a 14.825. Saturday and Sunday’s Young Guns winner, Kanely Cooper, followed in Darcy’s footsteps winning the Young Guns each day and then placing 2nd in the Open both days as well. It is safe to say that these kids are definitely “gunning” for the first when they enter into the arena.

Young Guns Average winners were 1D - Kanely Cooper, 2D – Madelyn Gregory, 3D – Sara Bryn Chambers.

Open Barrels had a total of 971 entries even with the not-so-great weather we were handed. Friday night’s win went to Darby Toole on Spit N Fire with a 14.758. Saturday’s round win went to the one and only, Billy Hatzman on Honor Bounds Ghost. Sunday Sierra Waldrep & Lordy Hez Dashin clinched the win being the last runner of the weekend. They ran a 14.443 to change things up for everyone. Goes to prove that it all comes down to that final horse.

Open Average winners were 1D – Kanely Cooper on Red Native Dunit, 2D – Denise Evans on Famous Rolling Stone, 3D – Peggy Pulley on Gunner and 4D – Tylee Tummins on Jessie.

Total Payout for BITS 2022 was $81,233.50 plus awards. Total Entries – 1,745 (Young Guns, Open, Sidepots, Poles)

We cannot thank our sponsors enough for all they do for Battle in the Saddle. Without them our shows would not continue to happen. If you have a chance to thank them, please do…

D&S Builders, Tennessee Tractor, LLC, IGA Insurance, Nationwide Insurance, Tractor Supply, The Drag Queen Arena Drag – Randy Price, Jim & Sue Oaks, Paul Bailey, KT Produce, Netgain, Donald Roberts, Maxine & Bill Shirk, OakTenn, WASCO, Sun Electric, Barry & Maria Jenkins, David & Lynn Elkins, Kyle & Jamie Bennett, Benjamin & Jennifer Woodby, Linda & James Williams, Salon OC, Janice & Jerry Clark, Church Weber, Shawn Gallant, and the Mitchell Family.

To our ground crew who are some of the best in the business, THANK YOU! Thank you for keeping the ground safe and consistent all weekend. You all put so much care into making sure we have the best footing possible, and the times turned in prove that to be true. Travis Childress, John Osborne, Maddox Pinner, & Rodney Ervin thank you for the long hours this past weekend.

Thank you to Brent Puhl for the countless hours behind the camera and for having the webcast for everyone to watch. Please support our photographer and be sure to purchase your favorite pictures from this weekend!

To all of our vendors thank you for being with us. If you weren’t able to snag up some good deals this weekend, be sure to catch up with all of them on Facebook. There was something for everyone there and we hope to have all of you back next year!

Thank you to JHA Saddle & Tack for once again providing a 5 Star Pad for our raffle! Congrats to the winner as well.

To the Agricenter Showplace Staff we thank you for letting us use your facility once again. Thank you for all the help you provide to our show staff and competitors.

Tennessee Tractor where do we even begin! With the world we are living in currently finding tractors can be a challenge, but you all saved the day by having 3 John Deere’s there for our use. Just as the show couldn’t run without sponsors, it definitely couldn’t go on without tractors. If anyone is in the market for a new tractor be sure to give Tennessee Tractor in Somerville, TN a shot at helping you find what you are looking for.

Thank you Randy Price with Drag Queen Arena Drags for the use of your equipment. If you are in the market for a new arena drag visit to see which model would be best for you!

Thank you as well to Ralph Feathers for the use of your arena drags.

Thank you to all who donated a cake for the cake auction and to those who purchased one. Those were some delicious goodies to have to make things even sweeter at the barrel race.

To our show staff thank you, thank you for the long hours and the work before and after the show that no one else sees. It’s not an easy job but we are so thankful that you work so hard to make our show the best it can be.

2023 will be the 10-year Anniversary for Battle in the Saddle. We are already working on plans for next year and this will be a show you will not want to miss. Mark your calendars for Jan 13 – 15, 2023.

Again, thank you for your continued support. The barrel racing community is amazing, and we are so thankful for each person that comes to our shows.