Hillcrest Home, located in Harrison, Arkansas, began its operation in 1953 under the direction of the Mission Interest Committee (M.I.C). M.I.C was established in the early 1950’s, in an effort to create a structured environment in which young people could serve. This concern arose after several Mennonite young men chose to participate in alternative fields of service, instead of joining the armed forces during World War II. This factor inspired M.I.C. To assume the responsibility for the operation of Hillcrest Home.
Our desire is to advocate a life of service as exemplified by our Lord. Not only do we benefit the residents we care for directly, but because the majority of our staff is comprised of volunteers, the funds which are generated are used to support M.I.C. missionaries, in their attempt to spread the gospel to other parts of the world. Since opening its doors in 1953, over 1300 young people have come to give of their time and energy in this facility. More than 2000 residents have also passed through these doors to spend their final days surrounded by caring and compassionate staff. Our primary goal is to spread the love of Christ to each and every person with whom we come in contact. The primary goals maintained by Hillcrest are as follows:
- To care for those who are no longer able to care for themselves, just as Jesus reached out to those in need.
- To provide a structured environment in which young people can live, work, and enjoy wholesome recreation.
- To facilitate practical application of God’s Word through our Christian Growth Program.
- To provide exposure to foreign missions, through complementary mission trips for volunteers who serve for 15 months or more.
- To encourage personal growth in young people through the development of interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and many other character qualities that will accompany them throughout their lives.
- To provide funds and support for foreign missions through M.I.C. Presently, there are six mission stations in Canada