OIL TROUGH, AR (KAIT) - Monday Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe received more than 4-million dollars in federal funding for a handful of communities throughout the state. One Region 8 town that made the list is using the grant money to help a local children's home stretch out.
"We're here to help them put their life back together, to show them a since of stability, and of course, to love them. I wish there wasn't a need for a place like this, but there is. We stay pretty full and even have to turn children away," said Tim Bumpous, who is the Founder of the New Life Children's Home in Oil Trough.
Right now, the facility can house up to 24 children. "We house children from all over. Kids will come from Fort Smith, Jonesboro, Batesville, Newport. They come from all over the state," said Bumpous.
With the help from a Community Block Grant Program given by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the children's home was one of nineteen cities and communities in Arkansas to recently obtain a piece of the funding distributed through the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. The facility received more than 150-thousand dollars. It's money they plan to use to expand.
"We're going to add 6 others bedrooms and one other cottage. It should be able to house about 14 more kids," said Bumpous.
It's something he says they're thankful for, and otherwise wouldn't be able to do. "We don't receive a lot of funding. Most the funds we get is through donations. This is really big because we will be able to add-on this and it won't cost us anything to help more kids. It's all about the kids here," said Bumpous.
The children's home is a Christian-based facility and has been up and run for about two years. In that time, Bumpous says they've helped to serve a number of children. The expansion is just another step to further their mission.
"We started with a dream, a vision and this vision had become a reality. We're doing all we can do to do the work of the Lord," said Bumpous.
Bumpous says they hope to break ground on the expansion in February. The children's home is just one of the many services they provide through their ministry. For more information, just got to www.projectnewstart.org