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St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs in Arkansas.

Members of the church and St. Vincent in Arkansas can provide help to those who are less fortunate. Many low income families with children, seniors, and disabled receive some form of support from the charity organization. It can range from financial assistance for basic needs to food, referrals, or just a kind ear to listen. While resources are limited, the St. Vincent churches in Arkansas do all they can to help the needy.

If you are found to be qualified, members of St. Vincent will visit families and individuals in their homes who are in need of emergency financial assistance or who need help obtaining basic needs. All services offered are confidential and are offered with respect and consideration.

As indicated, resources are limited, especially when it comes to financial aid. For those individuals who are in need of emergency rent or utility bill assistance, interested residents will need to dial (479) 616-1242. After the application, if you are found to be qualified and if funding is available, then the St. Vincent de Paul organization, its churches and volunteers will schedule a home visit as soon as possible. Over the course of this process they will determine what type of financial assistance that they can offer.

Arkansas families can receive financial aid, if they qualify, regardless of their race, religion, or national origin. It is usually limited to only a couple times per year. Home visits will always be necessary as part of this application process.

Many churches in Arkansas also run food pantries. For those who are struggling with feeding themselves or their families, call a center below for referrals and information on local pantries. In general, families can receive food or groceries up to once a month. Conditions will need to be met such as proof of residency, identification, and hardship. No financial assistance for paying bills will given out at any food pantry.

The food pantries across Arkansas have grown rapidly, as has the demand placed on them. The various non-profit centers are now providing free food to many hundreds of families per month. The St. Vincent de Paul pantry program is their attempt to answer Jesus’ call to feed the hungry.

Mainly do to the weaker economy, there is a great need in the community for various forms of assistance, including even food. Many families across Arkansas are having difficulty meeting their basic needs and paying the bills or rent. Passing out a bag of food or some canned groceries can help reduce the stress on those families and help them free up money for other expenses.




Many of the pantries will also pass out paper goods, personal hygiene products and diapers. Most of those items are donated from individuals and local vendors. For example, the United Way Gift In Kind Warehouse, Walmart Neighborhood Market, and the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank all partner with St. Vincent. In addition, they have also begun receiving support from the federal government USDA Commodities Program. Food is offered monthly, without discrimination to gender, age or religion.

The Society also has a central office that coordinates all of the Emergency Assistance that is offered across Arkansas. The charity will offer limited amounts of financial assistance, information and referral services to churches, parishes, diocesan offices and social service organizations that help people in a crisis.

Locations of St. Vincent centers and churches in Arkansas

Mother Teresa, St. Vincent de Paul Parish, 1416 W. Poplar, Rogers, Arkansas 72758, call (479) 616-1242. Supports Rogers and Lowell County.

Sacred Heart, 614 S. Church St., Jonesboro, AR 72401, telephone number is (870) 336-0392.  Provides assistance to all of Jonesboro County.

St. Albert, P.O. Box 1198, Heber Springs, AR 72543, call (501) 362-8751

St. John the Baptist, 100 Central Ave., Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901, call (501) 538-1062 for intake for this Hot Springs County St. Vincent center.

St. Michael, P.O. Box 970, Cherokee Village, AR 72525. Dial (870) 257-3448. Programs are offered for all of Sharp County, including Cherokee Village, Ash Flat, Hardy, Williford, Evening Shade, and Mamoth Springs.

St. Peter the Fisherman is located at 249 Dyer St., Mountain Home, AR 72653. Call (870) 424-0926. Supports Baxter and Marion Counties. Resources are also available for Mountain Home, Gassville, Flippin, Lakeview, Bull Shoals, Henderson, and Yellville.

St. Stephen Benevolent is based at 1300 N.E. J St., Bentonville, Arkansas 72712. Phone (479) 696-9361. Counties include Bentonville, Bella Vista, and Centerton.





St. Anne Catholic Church of Little Rock covers the city and surrounding counties, including Pulaski. The parish is at 6150 Remount Rd, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72118. Phone (501) 753-3977. More on Society of Saint Vincent Little Rock emergency help.

St. Anne's Conference Inc., 1844 Hwy. 62 West, Berryville, Arkansas 72616. Phone (870) 423-3572. Services are offered in Carroll County, including Berryville, Eureka Springs, Holiday Island, and Green Forrest.


By Jon McNamara

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