Gloria White

Gloria White, Founder

Fort Smith founded and Fort Smith based, the organization is dedicated to the dream-come-true of the founder, the late Gloria White, who worked tirelessly to see that no nursing home resident should be without someone to visit them.

Project Compassion began in 1972 as a volunteer one-to-one visitation program. Today, this focus is still the heartbeat of the organization.

Project Compassion volunteers talk with residents, listen to them, encourage them to reminisce and maintain interest in people, activities and events in the nursing home. Some volunteers provide music therapy, pet therapy and help residents with bingo, crafts and other group activities.

The Hearts of Gold collection at Christmas provides lap quilts, pajamas, sweaters and other gifts of warm clothing and needed items to residents, especially those without family.




Current Board Members:

Sr. Judith Marie Keith Board President
Jean Fleming Vice President
Dr. Jo Harper 2nd Vice President
John Craig Treasurer
Sr. Elise Forst Secretary
Carmelita Adams Board Member
Melissa Curry Board Member
Marie Holland Board Member
Paul Post Board Member
William Ricks Board Member
Dr. Eric Stein Board Member
Loyd Welbern Board Member
Jerry White Board Member
Pat Fellner Community Representative



Marian Conrad Executive Director [email protected]
Mary Taylor Office Assistant [email protected]