Where to get help 

Everyone needs a little help sooner or later.

SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Marshaya Rountree is one of the college students getting help from the Pulaski County nonprofit.
  • SINGLE PARENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER: Marshaya Rountree is one of the college students getting help from the Pulaski County nonprofit.
As a starting point for seeking assistance, here's a short list of private and public agencies in Pulaski County that provide necessary services to folks in need. It's not comprehensive, but it's a start. Addresses are in Little Rock unless noted otherwise.


Arkansas Adult Protective Services. For filing reports of abuse, neglect or exploitation of impaired or endangered adults, including the elderly. Maintained by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. 1-800-482-8049 (24-hour hotline), aradultprotection.com.

Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline. For reporting instances of child abuse and neglect. Maintained by the Arkansas State Police. 1-800-482-5964, stoparchildabuse.com.

Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Nonprofit resource center for victims of domestic violence. 1-800-269-4668 (Arkansas hotline), 1-800-799-7233 (U.S. hotline), 1-866-331-9474 (teen dating abuse helpline), domesticpeace.com.


Alcoholics Anonymous. 664-7303 (hotline) or 664-6042, arkansascentraloffice.org.

Arkansas CARES. Treatment for mothers and expectant mothers. Associated with Methodist Family Health. 661-0720 (business hours), 803-3388 (after hours), methodistfamily.org.

Center for Addiction Service and Treatment. Opioid and narcotic treatment at UAMS' Psychiatric Research Institute. 526-8400.

Cocaine Anonymous. 301-4827, caarkansas.org.

Better Community Development Hoover Treatment Center. 663-4774, bcdinc.org.

The BridgeWay. Detox and behavioral health. 771-1500, thebridgeway.com.

Family Service Agency. Also offers anger-management classes and credit counseling. 372-4242, helpingfamiliesfirst.org.

GYST (Get Yourself Together) House. Also provides legal help. 568-1682, gysthouseinc.com.

Narcotics Anonymous. 373-8683, caasc.org.

Recovery Centers of Arkansas. The state's largest substance abuse treatment provider. 372-4611, rcofa.org.

Union Rescue Mission (Dorcas House/Nehemiah House). Faith-based drug and alcohol recovery and shelter with separate programs for men (374-1108) and women (347-4022). urmission.org.


Al-Anon and Alateen. Support for relatives and friends of alcoholics, including young people. 372-5234, or find a full directory of meetings at ar.al-anon.alateen.org.

Arkansas Crisis Center. Suicide prevention hotline. 1-888-274-7472, arcrisis.org.

Centers for Youth & Families. Family-centered treatment and mental health services for youth. 666-8686 or 1-888-868-0023, centersforyouthandfamilies.org.

Little Rock Community Mental Health Centers. Nonprofit providing behavioral health services to adults 21 and over. 686-9300 (24/7 hotline), lrcmhc.com

Professional Counseling Associates. Includes a walk-in clinic location at 4354 Stockton Drive, North Little Rock, 72117. Call 221-1843 or 955-7600, pca-ar.org.

UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute. Addresses a wide variety of mental and behavioral health needs, including outpatient services at the Walker Family Clinic (526-8200) and specialty care at the Women's Mental Health Program (526-8201). Visit psychiatry.uams.edu.


Alzheimer's Arkansas. Support for people with dementia and their caregivers. 224-0021 or 913-1878 (after hours), alzark.org.

The Arc Arkansas. Support for people with developmental disabilities. 375-7770, arcark.org.

Arkansas Disability Coalition. Resource directory for families and individuals with all types of disabilities. 614-7020 or 1-800-223-1330, adcpti.org.

Choices in Living Resource Center. Guidance for seniors and disabled adults, including help with Medicare, Medicaid and other benefits. 1-866-801-3435, choicesinliving.ar.gov.

CareLink. The Area Agency on Aging for Central Arkansas. 372-5300 or 1-800-482-6359, care-link.org

Disability Rights Arkansas. Assistance, referrals, legal representation and advocacy for disabled Arkansans. 296-1779 or 1-800-482-1174, disabilityrightsar.org.

Easter Seals Arkansas. Services for children and adults with disabilities. 227-3600, eastersealsar.com.


Dozens of churches and other organizations in Central Arkansas distribute food to those in need. For a complete list, contact the Arkansas Food Bank Network at 565-8121 or go to arkansasfoodbank.org.

Access Arkansas. Determination for DHS benefits, including SNAP (food stamps). 682-1001 or 1-800-285-1131, access.arkansas.gov.

Amboy Community Food Pantry. 100 Auburn Drive, NLR. 753-2777, amboycommunityfoodpantry.org.

Arkansas Rice Depot. Food bank supplying food pantries across the state. Call 565-8855 or visit ricedepot.org to ask for local assistance in finding food.

CareLink (Meals on Wheels). Hot or frozen home-delivered meals for the homebound elderly. 372-5300 or 1-800-482-6359, care-link.org.

El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center. Southwest LR nonprofit and food pantry for immigrants and anyone else. 301-4652, zocalocenter.com.

Jacksonville Care Channel for the Needy. 201 N. Elm St., Jacksonville. 982-4647.

Little Rock Compassion Center. 3618 W. Roosevelt Road. 296-9114

St. Francis House Inc. 2701 S. Elm St., open weekdays. 664-5036, stfrancisministries.com.

Salvation Army. 111 W. Markham St. or 1505 W. 18th St., NLR. Call 374-9296 (LR) or 753-4318 (NLR), salvationarmyaok.org/caac.

The Stewpot, First Presbyterian Church. Hot meals served midday, Mon.-Fri., at 800 Scott St. 372-1804, stewpot-littlerock.org.

Stone Soup, Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church. Hot meals on Sunday, plus a pantry that includes pet food. 375-1600, or qqumc.org/outreach-ministries.


Access Arkansas. Determination for DHS benefits, including assistance for insurance, medical care and child care. 682-1001 or 1-800-285-1131, access.arkansas.gov.

Esperanza Hope Neighborhood Clinic. Spanish interpreters available; $5 co-pay. 6111 W. 83rd St., 562-1114, esperanzaclinic.org.

Harmony Health Clinic. Must be under 200 percent of the poverty line; dental clinic available by appointment. 201 E. Roosevelt Road, 375-4400.

Little Rock Walk-in Medical Clinic. For-profit medical provider, but uncommonly affordable and accessible. 802 N. University Ave., 291-2322.

Open Hands Clinic. Must be homeless or currently living in a shelter or transitional housing. 1225 MLK Drive, 244-2121.

Planned Parenthood. Provides reproductive health services (to men and women), including birth control, STD testing and abortions. 5921 W. 12th St., 801-0205 or 1-855-841-7526.

Pulaski County Health Unit. Includes family planning, immunizations, STD testing and women's health services. 3915 W. Eighth St., 280-3100.


Bowen School of Law Legal Clinic. Connects law students with clients in need of help with consumer protection, family law, mediation and tax issues. 324-9441, ualr.edu/law/clinical-programs.

Center for Arkansas Legal Services. Provides legal aid to low-income Arkansans in civil (noncriminal) cases. 1-800-952-9243 or arlegalservices.org.


Abba House. Catholic-affiliated shelter for women and children. 1002 S. Oak St., 666-9718.

Dorcas House (Union Rescue Mission). Shelter for women and children in abusive situations. Faith-based. 823 S. Park St., 374-4022, urmission.org.

Gaines House. Transitional living for homeless women over 18 with a mental, physical or emotional disability. 1702 Gaines St., 376-4015, gaineshouse.org.

Family Promise of Pulaski County. Interfaith church network for homeless families. 372-0733, familypromisepc.org.

Firm Foundation Ministries. Shelter and halfway house for men. 2200 E. Broadway, NLR. 945-7412.

Little Rock Compassion Center. Men's and family shelter at 3618 W. Roosevelt Road; women's shelter at 4210 Asher Ave., 296-9114 or 663-2972, lrcompassioncenter.org.

Lucie's Place. Drop-in center, counseling and transitional living assistance for LGBTQ young adults. 508-5005 or 1-855-582-4377, luciesplace.org.

Our House. Shelter for working homeless individuals and families, including workforce training and long-term housing options. 302 E. Roosevelt Road, 374-7383, ourhouseshelter.org.

Salvation Army. 111 W. Markham St. or 1505 W. 18th St., NLR. Call 374-9296 (LR) or 753-4318 (NLR), salvationarmyaok.org/caac.

Women and Children First. Shelter for children and women, especially victims of domestic violence. 376-3219 or 800-332-4443, wcfarkansas.org.


Arkansas Workforce Center / Department of Workforce Services. Job placement, unemployment, transitional employment assistance (TEA) and related benefits. Also includes a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that provides free income tax help for low-income people. 5401 S. University, Ave., 682-7719, dws.arkansas.gov.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas. Mentorship program for youth. 374-6661, bbbsca.org.

El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center. Assistance for immigrants (and others), including a food pantry, ESL classes and individualized assistance. 301-4652, zocalocenter.com.

Heart of Arkansas United Way. Umbrella organization that connects clients with health and human services throughout the community. 376-4567, heartaruw.org.

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas. Adult literacy program, including ESL tutoring. 372-7323, literacylittlerock.org.


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