Social services have always been a fundamental and essential portion of the work done at St. Francis House’s Elm Street location. These services are an immediate material response to emergency situations created by loss of employment and no income, low or fixed income, chronic or sudden illness, lack of health insurance and the high cost of medicine and utilities.
Clients qualify for assistance through need, especially those not eligible for assistance from other agencies. Individuals and families can receive food and USDA commodities once a month and also avail themselves of clothing donated by the community. Sometimes, household items and furniture are available for fire victims. The staff networks closely with other social agencies, the various utility companies, and the Housing Authority to settle over-due payments or arrange housing. For prescription drugs, the staff coordinates a voucher system with local pharmacies.
Funding for Social Services comes from a variety of sources, including individual contributors and churches, and the United Way of Pulaski County. Food commodities provided to our clients are either purchased in bulk at significantly discounted prices or provided in cooperation with such agencies as the Arkansas Foodbank Network.