Reach out and let us help in your time of need. You are not alone. The Catholic Church in Arkansas offers ministries to serve a variety of needs. If the programs below are not what you are looking for, please contact us and let us know how we can help you.
Calix Society of Central Arkansas — Unit of the national organization founded in 1947 in Minnesota for Alcoholics in recovery and their families to come together for support and spiritual healing. The group is Catholic, guided by a chaplain and open to all faiths. All are welcome to attend the monthly meetings (every second Thursday) including family and friends who are affected. Each gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. with Mass in Lafferty Chapel in Fletcher Hall on the campus of St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. A meeting follows until 7 p.m. For more information, please call (501) 664-0340 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the Calix Society, please visit www.calixsociety.org.
Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center Directory — Lists facilities that serve those seeking treatment for addictions to alcohol and/or drugs. The services provided vary from place to place, so call or visit the websites of these programs to learn more. These are not ministries of the Diocese of Little Rock. This list was compiled and is maintained by the diocesan Alcohol and Drug Ministry Office. For more information, call (501) 664-0340, ext. 336.
Disaster Response— The Parish Social Ministry Office helps those hit by a natural disaster to get back on their feet through its long-term recovery program. If you are on a fixed income, do not have insurance, are disabled or undocumented and you lost your home as the result of a tornado or flooding in Arkansas, our disaster recovery staff are here to help you get access to the resources you need to rebuild. For more information, contact Tracy Eichenberger at (501) 246-9088, disaster preparedness and response coordinator. Parish Social Ministry is a program of Catholic Charities of Arkansas.
Family Assistance Program — 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 of Arkansas 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. For more information, call Catholic Charities of Arkansas at (501) 664-0340.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul — Catholic lay organization that provides emergency assistance for local individuals and families in need. This organization operates on the parish level. In Arkansas, the following parishes have conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul: St. Peter the Fisherman Church in Mountain Home, St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers, St. John the Baptist and St. Mary of the Springs churches in Hot Springs, St. Albert Church in Heber Springs, St. James Church in Searcy, Blessed Sacrament Church in Jonesboro, St. Michael Church in Cherokee Village, St. Anne Church in Berryville and St. Elizabeth Church in Eureka Springs and St. Stephen Church in Bentonville. For address and contact information, visit Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Westside Free Medical Clinic — Treats people 18 years and older who are unable to afford routine health care. Professional volunteers provide screenings, limited primary care and health-related education. Health care providers are available on select Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5 p.m. Spanish interpreters are available. In addition, Westside is one of the only free clinics in central Arkansas that offers services specifically in Spanish. Appointments are necessary. Please contact Karen DiPippa at (501) 664-0340, ext. 356 to make an appointment.
Grief Resources — Have you recently lost a loved one? Do you know someone who has and is struggling with the loss of a loved one? Most parishes provide some form of consolation for the bereaved, whether it's through a formal program, support groups or by providing one-on-one listening and comfort. Find out if there is a ministry of consolation in your area by visiting our Parish Directory to find a parish near you. Or visit our Grief Resources page to find a list of bereavement support groups in the central Arkansas area along resources on miscarriage, infertility, loss of spouse, tips on how to deal with grief and more.
Project Rachel — Program for post-abortive women and their families that helps them discover the healing grace of God through sacramental reconciliation, counseling and prayer. Support groups begin meeting in February for 11 weeks in Little Rock, Hot Springs, Fort Smith and Fayetteville for women who are hurting from a past abortion. All names and meeting locations are kept confidential. For details, contact Anne Dierks at (501) 664-0340, ext. 357. To learn more, go to Hope After Abortion.
Jericho Way Resource Center is a homeless day center in Little Rock that provides resources to improve health, economic assistance and support to help those served become financially self-sufficient and find and retain housing. For more information, call (501) 916-9859 or visit Jericho Way Resource Center.
VAWA Immigration Program — Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) specialists help immigrant victims of human trafficking and domestic violence safely leave dangerous situations and obtain immigration status that allows them to make their own decisions about their future. This program operates out of Catholic Charities Immigration Services in Little Rock and Springdale. For more information, please contact Mariae Acosta-Westbrook at (479) 927-1996 in Springdale and Maricella Garcia at (501) 664-0340 in Little Rock.
Christopher Homes of Arkansas — Provides low-income housing to persons 62 years or older, or persons who are mobility impaired, with safe, attractive and affordable apartment living. The mission of Christopher Homes is to provide those who could not otherwise afford it, a place they are proud to call "HOME." To learn more, see Christopher Homes Locations.
St. Dymphna Society — Support group for people suffering from mental illness. The goal of the organization is to provide support and help participants realize their value and understand that they are genuinely welcome. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month in Fletcher Hall on the campus of St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock beginning with Mass at 6 p.m. followed by a meeting. Visit our Calendar of Events for dates. To learn more, contact Rebecca Cargile at (501) 664-0340, ext. 355. No reservations are necessary, and all are welcome.
Arkansas Pregnancy Resource Center — Operated by trained staff and volunteers who know how to compassionately respond to those involved in an unplanned pregnancy. For more than 25 years, this organization has helped thousands of women in Little Rock and surrounding areas to provide services and information about their pregnancies and individual needs. For more information, call (501) 227-7944 or visit Arkansas Pregnancy Resource Center.
Abba House — Emergency shelter for pregnant mothers, their children and homeless women. It is run by the Missionaries of Charity sisters. It is located at 1002 S. Oak St. in Little Rock. For more information, please call Abba House at (501) 666-9718
Catholic Adoption Services— Non-profit, Arkansas-licensed, child placement agency and ministry of Catholic Charities of Arkansas. With more than 30 years of experience, the staff is here to help you if you wish to place your baby for adoption. For more information, callAntje Harris, LSW, at (501) 664-340, ext. 347.
Refugee Resettlement Office — Provides services and assistance to refugees and their U.S. sponsors. This diocesan office, which is located in Sprindale, works closely with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of Migration and Refugee Services and the U.S. State Department. The staff helps to reunite refugees with their families living in the U.S., helps refugees find American sponsors and meets them upon arrival in the U.S. and provides post-arrival services, such as orientation, job placement assistance, referrals to English as a Second Language courses, etc. For more information, contact Rebecca Bryant, refugee resettlement specialist, at (479) 927-1996.
How to Report Abuse of Minors — If you are aware of sexual abuse or have been abused by clerics, Church volunteers or Church workers, please contact the State of Arkansas Hotline for Crimes Against Children at (800) 482-5964. For pastoral assistance, please contact a diocesan victim assistance coordinator: Dr. George Simon or Dr. Sherry Simon at (501) 766-6001.
Courage — an international apostolate of the Catholic Church, which ministers to persons dealing with same-sex attraction (i.e., homosexuality and/or gender identity issues). To learn more about the Arkansas chapter of Courage, contact Deacon Bo McAllister at email@example.com.
Retrouvaille — Program for troubled marriages that begins with a weekend away followed by three months of sessions to help hurting couples rediscover a loving marital relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program. Separated and divorced couples are also encouraged to attend. Retrouvaille is offered each February and September. To learn more, visit Retrouvaille or contact Elizabeth Reha at (501) 664-0340, ext. 373.