Building an outdoor counseling space for children
Business as missions: Building an outdoor counseling space for children

Business as Missions: Building an outdoor counseling space for children

We believe that one of the best ways we can use our skills and resources as a company is not only to serve our customers, but also to serve in our local communities.

Recently our team in NW Arkansas helped build a deck for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County in Rogers, Arkansas.

Building a new deck for the Children's Advocacy Center
Finished deck for the Children’s Advocacy Center

“People value money in our culture quite a bit, but the most valuable resource that I have is my time,” said Mark Wagner, manager of our location in Bethel Heights, AR.

“I want to invest that time in the places that matter most, and that’s in the lives of others.”

The Children's Advocacy Center of Benton County
The Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County works gives child abuse victims comprehensive services from dedicated professional interviewers, nurses, counselors and advocates. Learn more about the organization here.

Mark’s church, First Baptist of Rogers, planned this project as part of their week-long serve week. A fellow church member and one of our customers, Philip Reznicek led the deck project.

The build took about three days, with many people from the church helping as well.

“This outdoor seating will serve for a lot of our mental health clients,” explained Melanie Halbrook, Education Specialist at the advocacy center.

“They can come out here where it is a little more scenic, peaceful and calm and have the session out here.”

The advocacy center’s vision is to eliminate child abuse through empowering children to find their voice. They provide child abuse victims and their families comprehensive services in a child-friendly atmosphere  while providing child abuse prevention, awareness, and education to the community.

Building a new deck for the Children's Advocacy Center
Members of First Baptist Rogers start building a new deck for the Children’s Advocacy Center.

“We know that sunlight and just being outside can be good for the mind, body, and soul, so we really try to incorporate that into their treatment,” explained Melanie.

Because our Arkansas location specializes in specialty lumber, Mark and Matt Russell, our lumber sales rep, contacted two of our partners who provided custom milled cypress lumber which was the exact specs needed for the deck.

Building a new deck for the Children's Advocacy Center
Mark Wagner, manager of our NW Arkansas location, helps build the deck.

“[The Master’s Craft] gives us the freedom to go and do what it is we feel called to do when it comes to helping out in our community, and just building into others and making the lives of others better,” said Mark.

Often a big obstacle we face is not being unwilling to serve, but rather finding opportunities and organizations to work with. Sometimes it takes a little research and initiative to find ways to help.

Building a new deck for the Children's Advocacy Center
Day 2 progress of building the new deck.

“There’s always opportunity just to serve, and to be turned down would be a very rare thing,” observed Mark, “‘I don’t know where to serve,’ is not a good excuse.”

Know of an opportunity to help your local community and think we could help? We’d be happy to talk with you – get in touch with your local Master’s Craft manager here.

In the Rogers area?
Learn more about First Baptist of Rogers here and the Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County here.

First Baptist Rogers
We worked with Mark’s church, First Baptist Rogers, for this project. Learn more about them here.

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