The Izard County Detention Center will have a new chapel soon.
The idea for the chapel at the jail started four years ago and will soon come to fruition thanks to the generosity of the community, according to Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence.
Small fundraisers and donations by many individuals and churches in Izard County provided the money to construct the almost 800-square-foot facility, which sets adjacent to and on the grounds of the Izard County Detention Facility.
Initially, a concrete slab was poured and as additional funds became available full construction began.
According to Sheriff Lawrence, inmate labor forged much of the construction forward and most of the furniture, including pews and the pulpit, were donated.
"Bruce Johnson was instrumental in getting the project going and soon afterwards turned the reins over to others due to his declining health," Sheriff Lawrence said. "The project was possible only through the efforts and money of many people in the community."
"Inmate security and ease of access were key considerations to the design and location of the facility," Lawrence went on to say.
A dedication service for the chapel will be held in the near future and will include a tour of the detention facility.