The mission of Catholic Charities of Arkansas is rooted in the challenge of the Gospel: to serve with dignity and respect 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 in the community. To learn more, visit our Ministries and Programs below or follow us on Facebook.

Jesus said: "'A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.'"

"'But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, 'Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.'" 

Jesus then asked a scholar of the law: "'Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?'" The man answered: "'The one who treated him with mercy.' Jesus said to him: 'Go and do likewise.'" — Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10: 29-37

Ministries and Programs

Catholic Charities of Arkansas strives to accomplish its mission through the following ministries and programs in the Diocese of Little Rock. Click on a link below to get more information about a ministry. For information not provided through a link below, Contact Us.

Calix Society of Central Arkansas

A ministry for alcoholics in recovery and their families to come together for support and spiritual healing. The group is Catholic, guided by a chaplain and open to all faiths. Calix, pronounced “kaylicks," is not a substitute for Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon or any other 12-step program. For more information, e-mail or attend a meeting.

Return to Top

Catholic Adoption Services

Arkansas-licensed child placement agency that is available to serve birthparents and adoptive parents interested in adoption. To inquire about adoption, contact us.

Return to Top

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Administers small, local grants for this anti-poverty and social justice program of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. To apply, go to CCHD Grant Application.

Return to Top

Catholic Charities Immigration Services — Little Rock

Provides low-cost immigration counseling and support to families and individuals who are eligible for immigration benefits and cannot afford private assistance. . Find out how to Make an Appointment

Return to Top

Unite Arkansas in Faith and Mission

We invite you to join Catholic Charities of Arkansas' newest initiative. One Church: Unite Arkansas in Faith and Mission supports a rural mission in our diocese that needs a leg up to become a thriving community. Arkansas Catholic parishes may choose to support this effort in various ways, from a second collection to a fundraiser through the youth group. Families are invited to make an online gift or mail a check to Catholic Charities of Arkansas, 2500 N. Tyler St., Little Rock, AR 72207. (Leer en Español.)

Catholic Charities Immigration Services — Springdale

Provides low-cost immigration counseling and support to families and individuals who are eligible for immigration benefits and cannot afford private assistance. This includes help for Victims of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. Open for walk-in consultations every Tuesday beginning at 8 a.m. Learn more.

Return to Top

Catholic Relief Services

Helps raise awareness of and provides fundraising support for this program, which is the official overseas relief and development agency of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. See also CRS Rice Bowl.

Return to Top

Parish Social Ministry Office

Assists parishes in developing outreach ministries to address local needs, which may include disaster response, thrift shops, food pantries and emergency financial assistance and referrals for those in crisis. To learn more, see the Family Assistance ProgramDisaster Preparedness or St. Dymphna Society.

Return to Top

Prison Ministry

Oversees a volunteer-based ministry that responds to the spiritual needs of those who are incarcerated in Arkansas prisons and jails. See locations for Prison Ministries in Arkansas or Resources to Help Those Re-Entering Society.

Return to Top

Bishop McDonald CCA Golf Classic

This annual tournament is the primary fundraiser for the ministries and programs of Catholic Charities of Arkansas. It was named in honor of the late Bishop Andrew J. McDonald who served as shepherd for the Diocese of Little Rock from 1972 to 2000. It was during his tenure that Catholic Charities of Arkansas was established. The McDonald Center, which is home to the offices of Catholic Charities, is also named in his honor. For information about registering your team or sponsorship the next tournament, Contact Us.

Refugee Resettlement Office

Provides services and assistance to refugees, asylees, special Immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan (SIVs) Cuban parolees and victims of trafficking. To learn more about our services, contact us. See also, How Refugees Get to Arkansas or Ways You Can Help.

Return to Top

Social Action Office

Educates and promotes Catholic social teaching and advocates on behalf of the Diocese of Little Rock by interacting with state representatives and senators to inform them of the Church’s position on pending state legislation. To learn more, see Why is the Church Involved?

Return to Top

Westside Free Medical Clinic

Serves people 18 years and older who are unable to afford routine health care through professional volunteers who provide screenings, limited primary care and health-related education. See also, Dermatology Clinic or Diabetic Eye Clinic.

Return to Top