September 2014


by Richelle Wingo

Today is the official 70th anniversary of Hillcrest Children's Home.  A dream that was started in the heart of one young lady has carried over for the past 70 years, and has been home to over 4,000 children across America and continues to serve children today.  


Gladys Hinson, an Arkansas native, had a strong desire to begin a children's home in the country of China after reading about all of the work being done in Egypt through Lillian Trasher.  When Pearl Harbor was attacked, all passports for missionaries were called in and Gladys was denied the opportunity to go to China but the Lord revealed to her that she could do something in America.  She immediately began the communication to start a home and chose a beautiful property in Hot Springs, AR.  After multiple meetings, the property was purchased by the Assemblies of God and on September 22, 1944, Gladys and 3 young boys moved into the home. Within 3 months, the home grew to include 17 children. 


Gladys Hinson and the first 17 children (1 child not pictured)

Originally the home was called, The National Children's Home and was changed to Hillcrest Children's home in the 60's.  The mission in her heart 70 years ago is still the same today, caring for fragmented and fatherless children.  Through the years, the home has grown, expanded and developed into a 65 acre property that includes the ministries of Hillcrest Children's Home, Highlands Maternity Home, Transitional Living Center, adoption services and in other foster care ministries. 

If you would like to read an article written by Gladys Hinson herself, telling the story of how it all began, please visit here.


Our Executive Director, Jay Mooney, took the ice bucket challenge to a whole new level.  Watch as he took the Ice Tank Challenge.  We will have the Ice Tank filled and ready at our Harvest Festival and we invite you to take the challenge yourself.  All monies raised will benefit COMPACT Family Services. 

COMPACT Ice Tank Challenge
COMPACT Ice Tank Challenge

We are very excited about our upcoming event this weekend and look forward to spending time with our friends, supporters, and community.  We are continuing to have a tremendous amount of support pouring in and we could not accomplish this event without these wonderful sponsors.  We extend a heartfelt thanks to each of the sponsors listed below. 

Diamond Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors   

 Edward & Edith Weaver Family

Gold Sponsors   

 Diamond Bank
McCauley Services
Randall & Rhonda Gant Family
Hobert & Marlene Gant Family
FaithBridge Foster Care
Jonathan D. Jones, Attorney at Law

Silver Sponsors

 Allen Tillery Auto
Timberline Truck & Tractor
 Riser FordNaramore Law Firm
 Fleischner and VanBebberStephanie Baldwin, DDS
 Carson Chiropractic & AcupunctureNewkirk & Nordquist, PA
 Employee Benefit DesignRegions Bank
 Crossgate ChurchOak Park Pharmacy
 Washburn Assembly of GodArkansas Furniture
 Gary Nelson
Christmas is one of the busiest and most joyful seasons at COMPACT Family Services.  We have a lot of kids to take care of during this season and you can help us get a jump start with Wal-Mart Gift Cards. Please consider sending us gift cards in any amount to go towards our Christmas fund.  
Two ways to give:
  • Visit Walmart's Gift Card page and send the gift card to us at COMPACT Family Services, 2325 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901 
  • Visit our Give Page to learn about some other ways you can support COMPACT Family Services.
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.

October Birthdays

 30th, Phillis, 8


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 represents a specific student on our campus. 

     COMPACT Family Services
     2325 Malvern Avenue
     Hot Springs, AR  71901
     (501) 262-1660 
     COMPACT Family Services, DBA of Assemblies of God Family Services Agency 


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