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HOPE COTTAGES  is a place where  women and children are assessed on an individual basis and provided with tools to enable them to thrive in society.

HOPE COTTAGES is a transitional housing facility for homeless mothers and their dependent children.


Mission Statement: Provide a safe and nurturing home environment for homeless mothers and their dependent children for a 90-180  day period, while assisting them to rebuild their lives in a loving, compassionate and caring way.

Hope Cottages
P. O. Box 97
Harrison, Arkansas 72602

I am a homeless mother, can you help me

Would your church or organization like for a representative of HOPE COTTAGES  to give a presentation?  We would love to!  Please contact us.  We "HOPE" to see you soon!


Hope Cottages Brochure AND Upcoming Fundraising Events

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I never would have believed it could happen to me

Typical situation that leaves a woman homeless


Kelsey’s life turned upside-down at age 23 when her mother passed away. Her immediate family fell apart as she struggled through a period of depression. She is the primary breadwinner for her two daughters, but they were evicted from their apartment after getting behind on rent. She and her children stayed with her sister as a temporary fix. Together with the fact that she could not keep her job while at the same time caring for her children there actually was not enough room at her sister’s home she ended up on the street.

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What is planned

What is planned:

A safe facility for housing

Support from church sponsors

Hope Cottages would not be possible without the tireless efforts and sponsorship of local churches and individuals who are currenting investing in the lives of the mothers and children.

Our hope is that this supportive structure, together with the help of Hope Cottages Director, Rita Kneip, and the availability of suitable courses will help individuals transition form homelessness to stability as well as lay a foundation for longer term follow-up and support.

Oversight from the Hope Cottages steering committee

The Hope Cottages Steering Committee will oversee the director, the courses provided for learning, work and life needs, and the protection of the guests along with their overall care during the three to six months stay.

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Project backing

Project Backing

Support from the mayor, chief of police and other public officials

In 2015, the Harrison City Mayor, Mr. Dan Sherrell, wrote a letter endorsing his support of Hope Cottages.

Hope Cottages was also endorsed by Harrison Police Chief Mr. Paul Woodruff as well as by Mr. Steve Womack, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas's 3rd district.


The City of Harrison was awarded a Community Development Block Grant of $86,000 to Hope Cottages for the proposed building renovations.


Five local churches, and three local businesses have committed to sponsoring the eight Hope Cottages once the remodelling has been completed.


A Steering Committee of nine individuals meets weekly to oversee the ongoing project. This includes weekly updates on guests, working with the sponsors of the cottages, as well as the remodelling of the buildings.

House of Hope

The Hope Cottages are a project of the Harrison House of Hope, a non profit 501c3 organization which has been operational beginning  July 2012 and has actively served the needs of the homeless and jobless population in Boone County, Arkansas. 

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Funding Status

Sponsoring and Donating

Hope Cottage remodelling funding

Funding progress:


We have now, as of January, reached 80% of our funding goal of $ 400,000. So we have completed the remodelling of the 5 of the 8 cottages as well as the community hall and soon hope to welcome the first 5 families.. We thank you all for your generous contributions. Won't you help us reach our goal? See below how to send in your tax deductible gifts.

Donations needed!

If you are a business and have product or construction materials, or if you have certain skills, we would welcome any donations of in-kind materials and labor.Financial donations can be made by check (our preferred method) as follows: Please make them payable to Hope Cottages. Our mailing address is PO Box 1645, Harrison AR, 72602. We're also able to process them by credit card. Simply call the House of Hope at 704-8077 and ask for Bill. If you would like to donate online, please use our online portal, Qgiv:


Thank you!

We deeply appreciate the contributions and committments made by our current sponsors and donors. Recognizing these contributions is our little way to say thank you!


Northvale Baptist Church

Tommy & Vikki Hudson

First Baptist Church

Faith Assembly Church

Stephen Lair

Steve and Camille Turner

First Christian Church

First United Methodist Church


St John’s Episcopal Church

Regions Bank

Ladies Day Out

Junior & Margaret Bandy

Sharon Varga

Roger & Patty Harness

James & Jo Roth

Randall & Deborah Jones

Bear Creek Baptist Church - Women on Mission

Mary Jane Holder

Becoming a monthly sponsor

On March 16, 2017 we had a sponsor appreciation dinner to honor representatives of the five churches and three businesses who each committed to finance the monthly operating cost of $500 for one of the eight cottages. While we currently have sponsors for all eight Hope Cottages, our hope has always been for local churches to fill the gap for personel, interaction, classes and assistance. If your church is interested in contributing in this way, or committing financially as a monthly sponsor should one of these eight positions become available, please contact us:  


A picture taken of our current sponsors and spouses at the Sponsor Appreciation Dinner.

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