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Society of St. Vincent de Paul assistance programs Little Rock and Pulaski County.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul provides assistance in Little Rock and throughout Pulaski County Arkansas. There is limited financial help for some bills as well as free basic needs. The main parish is St. Anne Catholic Church, and the emergency assistance relies on donations, volunteers, and even home visits to clients. A list of resources which may be available are below.

  • Hunger prevention is one services, which may be free groceries, hot meals, or meals on wheels.
  • SVDP helps with homeless prevention in Little Rock, and funds can assist with rent, mortgages, utility or water bills, and they also offer referrals to homeless shelters.
  • Free items (other than food) range from clothes to hygiene supplies, household furniture, and critical items.

Other assistance may be offered on a case by case basis too from St. Anne Catholic Church or partners. All applications to the St. Vincent de Paul in Pulaski County will require a home visit. This will formally assess, and verify, the need of the applicant.

Emergency financial and for bills or hunger needs from SVDP in Little Rock

Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Crisis Assistance Programs uses funding from different sources, the local parishes, donations, the United Way and even government funded Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG). Food, funds for housing and other resources can also come from charities, and the United Way. All of this is used in an effort to help very low income families with housing expenses or get food or a meal. It will generally help pay for a portion of rent, energy bills, or a mortgage payment. Or Saint Vincent may give out free groceries or healthy food for kids and the elderly in the Little Rock region.

The criteria used before disbursing funds or items such as food is that the faith based charity will provide emergency rental or housing assistance to individuals or families with a low income, verification of employment, but they also need to have a five-day eviction notice. Or when it comes to food or groceries, the St. Anne Catholic Church pantry needs to be stocked. In some cases ESG may pay for a motel stays to homeless individuals or families. All applications are reviewed and approved by staff at the non-profit based on a number of criteria. They also require a home visit.




The application period is formal. The applicant's needs for any type of grant based aid are reassessed to ensure they have taken the steps to work towards self-sufficiency. This is funded by donations from the community or partner funds, like the federal government. As an example, EFSP is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions (including Pulaski County Arkansas) for funding, and based on the latest census and unemployment figures determines the amount of funding to be given.

Any grants for paying bills or housing costs, or any free boxes of food or donations of clothes, from Society of Saint Vincent in Little Rock are limited. This is even more true for shelter needs (such as rent, mortgage, or security deposit) or energy bills. In some rare cases there may be assistance for meals or food needs. Local Boards in Saint Vincent parishes in Arkansas allocate the funding and ensure all of the money is used effectively. Find other Arkansas grants for homeless prevention.

Little Rock St. Vincent de Paul Free Family Clothing or Furniture Center and Food Pantry operates several days per month. The larger community is also involved in providing new school clothing, supplies, and uniforms. There is help for upper grade children and children in elementary school too. There may even be programs for very young children beginning school for the first time.

When it comes to the pantry, it operates as a Client Choice Hybrid model. The Society of Saint Vincent Catholic Church provides support at most a couple times per month to clients, and they are able to select just what they need for their family. It cuts down on waste, and helps a shopper feel even more respect for themselves as they have more choice and are not just handed a box of groceries.

The two SVDP services in Pulaski County tackle the regional challenge of food insecurity as well as need for basic items, such as clothing. This program can't be run by the charity itself. Instead it relies on parishioners, Feeding America, churches, the United Way, and other donation services. If needed, there are other options too, and find free food banks near you and your family.





Applying for Society of Saint Vincent resources in Pulaski County

St. Anne Catholic Church is the main parish. But they partner with other charities, government entitles, and the national SVDP organization. The address is 6150 Remount Rd, North Little Rock, AR 72118. For information on emergency help, call (501) 753-3977.

By Jon McNamara

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