Social services has always been a fundamental and essential ministry of our work here at St. Francis House. Our Community Outreach staff are blessed to serve those in our neighborhood, community and city with their food and clothing needs. Those whom are experiencing emergency situations created by loss of employment, no income, low or fixed income, chronic or sudden illness, lack of health insurance and the high cost of medicine and utilities, can find help with us.
Our clients can 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 shop in our clothing department for items that have been 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 help our clients with over-due payments or to find temporary housing.
For prescription drugs, the staff coordinates a voucher system with local pharmacies, where prescriptions may be picked up.
Funding for our Social Services/Community Outreach Program comes from a variety of sources, including individual contributors , various churches, and the United Way of Pulaski County.
Food commodities are provided to our clients on a monthly basis. They are either purchased in bulk at significantly discounted prices or provided in cooperation with such agencies as the Arkansas Foodbank Network.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law, St. Francis House, its programs and employees, are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or political beliefs.