UMC-rooted ministry receives Spirit of Arkansas Award

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A nonprofit organization closely connected with Mountainside UMC Hot Springs Village on Nov. 29 received a Spirit of Arkansas Award from the central Arkansas ABC affiliate, KATV Channel 7.

Starting Over Ministries was founded in September 2009 by Nick and Alice Hilt, members of Mountainside UMC. The ministry was featured in the Dec. 7, 2012 issue of the Arkansas United Methodist for its work providing beds and other furniture to families whose children are returning to them from foster care. Since its beginning, the organization has helped hundreds of families meet the requirement for having a suitably furnished home to welcome their children back from foster care after a job loss, struggle with addiction or other tragedy.

The Spirit of Arkansas Award includes $500, which Starting Over Ministries has allocated toward the purchase of new beds for children.