In loving memory of a life well lived,

it is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the home going of Michael (Mike) Dwaine Wallace, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, and friend. Michael succumbed to an underlying blood disorder which weakened his heart. He was called home on Friday, July 24, 2020 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, Arkansas.

Michael was a man of faith, family, community and immeasurable love. He married the love of his life, Carolyn Elaine Lutcher on Nov 22, 1980. For 39 years, they walked together as eternal loves, inseparable allies and best friends. Michael’s life journey took him from his birthplace in Texas to his childhood home in Southern California, educational and entrepreneurial endeavors in Northern California, to US service in the Middle East, and technology practices in New York City before he made Bentonville, Arkansas his home. No matter the geographic location, Michael walked in faith with a mission to unite families and to influence the world through positive action. Michael never failed to affirm the talents and possibilities of those he encountered. He truly never met a stranger.

Michael was also devoted to community service and was highly recognized for his professional accomplishments. Most recently, he held professional positions with Rizing Consumer Industries and Walmart Stores, Inc. Michael held several technology certifications and was appointed to the USDA Cotton Board to Chair the Committee on Global Supply Chain Marketing and was also appointed Vice-Chair of the Importer Support Program. His mentoring circles engaged over 150 members across boundaries and generations.

Locally, Mike was affectionately referred to by many as “Mr. Bentonville”. He worked with a leadership heart to lend voice to the underserved and underrepresented while also building bridges of hope and possibility. Mike served as a member of the Board for downtown Bentonville, Executive Chairman AIM (Autism Involves Me)

Working to help mothers with addiction and keep families together in Northwest Arkansas

Of the 916 children in NWA who entered the foster care system in 2016, 476 (52%) entered due entirely or partially to substance abuse

Mothers suffering from drug addiction are the most common factor putting children at risk in Northwest Arkansas.

But for many mothers with an addiction, the prospect of separation from their children prevents them from seeking the help that they need to recover.

Brand New Mercies is one of the few residential addiction recovery program in NWA that allows children to stay with their mothers. We are also one of the only programs in the area that provides residential support for a full year.

We follow a recovery model that has been in use for 50 years by the CityTeam program House of Grace, with a 94% recovery rate.

A Word From Our Executive Director

Congratulations to Brand New Mercies Executive Director, Carolyn Wallace, for achieving Compassion Fayetteville’s leadership award. Check out this video to hear Carolyn talk about Brand New Mercies.

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