The biblical story about Noah’s ark reveals the God who cares. He cares enough to preserve human lives facing destruction. That is why He called Noah to rise and build the Ark. That is why we call our work The Ark; we care enough to preserve families coping with destructive forces.
To keep up with the need and demand, the Ark has outgrown our current space and needs to enlarge our facilities. We have raised about half the funds; $500,000 more is needed to turn this dream into reality.
Matching Donation Received!
Good news!! We have received a matching donation of up to $250,000! If we can raise $250,000 by the end of the year, we’ll meet our Goal!
The Ark Campus
The Ark is located on 5 acres in Franklin Springs near Wellsprings Psychological Resources.
This campus will include the new Ark building, Clinkenbeard Gardens, and The Ark Park.
The Ark Building of 4,050 sq. ft. will house:
- Four warm and family-friendly visitation rooms
- Prayer room/chapel
- Five offices
- Four counseling and therapy rooms
- Waiting room with a mural of Noah’s Ark with “live” 3-D animals in the display case
- Kitchen for families to prepare and eat meals together as a family unit
The Ark Park
The Clinkenbeard Healing Gardens
The University of Georgia Landscaping Department partnered with us to design the creative and beautiful Clinkenbeard Healing Gardens which will surround the Ark building. The UGA class provided the following information.
Reconnecting Families Through Nature
The Ark Family Preservation Center is a place where trust is restored and bonds are reforged. With that in mind the Clinkenbeard Healing Gardens is a series of spaces featuring specific elements intended to assist and guide patrons of the spaces towards psychological stimulation, connection to nature, and emotional healing. The wooded landscape of the Ark Family Preservation Center provides opportunity to create spaces with a range of character. For clients who prefer a more curated environment, the Clinkenbeard Healing Gardens will provide paved paths through a beautiful flower garden full of opportunities for interaction with flowers and trees. Taking inspiration from Grandma Clinkenbeard, the garden expresses her quote “Each day, I do what my hand finds to do” by providing interactive vegetable beds, flowers for cutting into bouquets, and the Great Oak where clients can tie a ribbon to remember their time at the Ark.
Overview of the Gardens
Entrance to the Clinkenbeard Gardens
The Great Oak Tree of Life
Animals Throughout The Gardens
Instruments for Making Music
Donate To The Capital Campaign “Arise and Build”
Campaign Goal: $500,000 to complete the Ark building and Clinkenbeard Gardens
Will you join us? We need your help to provide safe places to so many. Any and all, large and small, donations are needed. Together, we can do this for the sake of families in our communities.
If interested, you may contact us for a tour and a deeper conversation about the Ark’s mission and plans for development. Call us at 706-498-4469 or visit our website at thearkfamily.org. You may also call Dr. Oxley at 706-246-0733 (Wellsprings office).
Ways To Donate:
You can make checks payable to:
The Ark Family Preservation Center
PO BOX 158
Franklin Springs, GA 30639
All donations are tax deductible through our 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.