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Catholic Charities Spring 2024

The mission of Catholic Charities of Arkansas of the Diocese of Little Rock is rooted in the challenge of the Gospel: To serve persons who are poor or marginalized; to advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable; and to actively promote charity, justice and the sanctity of life in the Church and the community. In the Spring 2024 CCA section, we report on CCA's ongoing efforts to help the most vulnerable in the community, new team members and fundraising efforts. 


Interpreters, medical volunteers needed for clinic

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: March 11, 2024   

The Catholic Charities Medical Clinic is looking for volunteers as it continues to serve Arkansas as it has done for more than 53 years. The clinic’s medical professionals and volunteers advance the mission to provide free primary care medical and pharmacy services as well as patient education to the Spanish-speaking community. The clinic provides free medical and pharmacy services to people 18 years of age and older unable to afford routine healthcare for the uninsured and underserved. More... 

Resettlement program seeking housing for new refugees

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: March 11, 2024   

Since becoming an affiliate office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services in January, the Refugee Resettlement Program has resettled four families with a total of nine refugees.   After vetting by the U.S. State Department, they received approval to relocate to central Arkansas from the countries where they had been waiting: Venezuela, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Colombia.   Malleson Emmerling, refugee resettlement case manager, said, “Up to 75 refugee arrivals are anticipated this year More... 

One Church drive for small Decatur church at halfway

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: March 11, 2024   

Blessed Stanley Rother Church in Decatur is halfway through its year as the designated One Church partner.  Located about 20 miles west of Rogers in northwest Arkansas, the small mission is seeking a one-time boost from all the other parishes in the diocese.   The mostly Spanish-speaking Catholic congregation of more than 80 people hopes to receive enough support to make improvements to their sanctuary and parish hall, which are housed together in a plain, white cinderblock More... 

Catholic Charities of Arkansas serves variety of ways

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: March 8, 2024   

Services that offer hope and the light of Christ to people in need Adoption Services: Offers post-adoption support for those who have worked with the agency with an emphasis on search and reunions. Immigration Services in Springdale and Little Rock: Provides low-cost immigration assistance.  Refugee resettlement: Ecumenical effort with sponsor teams to resettle families seeking a new home in the U.S. Parish outreach: Assists with developing parish-based ministries that respond to local needs.  Prison ministry: Responds to the spiritual needs More... 

Catholic Relief Services: Rice Bowl Lenten sacrifice

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: March 8, 2024   

Catholic Charities office administrator Megan Moore (seated) and office assistant Andi Dunn serve as coordinators for the CRS Rice Bowl Lenten Program in the diocese. CRS Rice Bowls and materials were sent to 81 parishes and 10 Catholic schools prior to Ash Wednesday. Catholic Relief Services receives 75 percent of participants’ donations for its work in more than 120 countries around the world to help people experiencing hunger and poverty. Catholic Charities of Arkansas uses More... 

Caseworkers continue state's long-term tornado recovery

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: March 8, 2024   

March 31 will be the one-year anniversary of the tornadoes that ripped through Pulaski, Lonoke and Cross counties.  In response, Catholic Charities of Arkansas has partnered with the Disaster Services Corporation (DSC) of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul - USA. Cathy Garcia, regional program manager overseeing disaster case management services in Arkansas, said, “There are still a lot of unmet needs, particularly with survivors needing their homes rebuilt or repaired.” Yasmin Basilio is the DSC More...