100 Families, a Restore Hope initiative, will hold its first event Monday at the UAFS Blue Lion, 101 N. Second St., in downtown Fort Smith.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday a group of community volunteers will gather to celebrate the kickoff of this program to help 100 families move from “crisis to career.”

Organizations will sign a pledge to work together on behalf of families in need, a news release explains.

Restore Hope is spearheading the collaboration between numerous state agencies and nonprofit organizations in order to help battle the foster care crisis, work to curb the opioid epidemic in western Arkansas, and provide people with necessary resources to help lower rates of recidivism in the region.

“For this effort to be successful for those who are receiving services via the resources made available through the 100 Families intiative, we need area employers to support this program by considering these candidates for employment opportunities within their companies at all levels,” the release adds.

To register for the event, contact Hannah Vines at hvines@restorehopear.org.