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Family Assistance Program

Family assistance aims to provide long-term solutions to families and individuals referred by parishes who are coping with chronic economic crises. 

The process may involve meetings with a Catholic Charities staff member and working together to develop a plan that can help an individual or family stabilize their financial situation and achieve long-term economic goals. When someone requires a rapid financial resolution to an issue, Catholic Charities will find the most appropriate referral.

Family assistance aims to provide long-term solutions to families and individuals referred by parishes who are coping with chronic economic crises.

As a program of the Parish Social Ministry Office, family assistance is intended to work closely with parishes. Each parish operates differently, and each parish has better knowledge of community resources and the needs of the people.

When contacted by a parish on behalf of a family or individual, Catholic Charities' staff will collaborate with, and support the parish to the extent of available resources. Parishes give so much help and hope to both Catholics and non-Catholics in need. We are here to support them in that work.

Family assistance is primarily funded through donations from the Catholic Charities Poor Fund and the 25 percent of the annual CRS Rice Bowl collection that remains in Arkansas. Donations are always welcome. For more information about the program or how you can help, please contact Rebecca Cargile, parish social ministry director, at (501) 664-0340, ext. 355.