What do Christ’s hands look like?

What do Christ’s hands look like? A lot like the hands of these 6th-8th graders from First United Methodist Church in Conway! These young people took time out of their summer fun to volunteer at several places in Little Rock, and St. Francis House was delighted that we were their first project.

After a tour of St. Francis House, these young people spent the afternoon sorting clothes for the clothing room, unloading food in the food pantry, and hauling bags to the dumpster. They then met with two of our veterans, Robin Harris and Gordon McGough to ask questions and even do an activity to ‘draw their pay’. For several of the visiting youth, St. Francis House was their first mission. Our thanks to St. James UMC, Little Rock for hosting these awesome young people and a huge thanks to all these amazing ladies and gentlemen and their sponsors. You are truly a blessing!

Summer Fun at St. Luke’s!

It was summer fun at the dinner hosted by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for St. Francis House Veterans. Grass skirts, leis, delicious food, and music made for a wonderful summer evening. The festivities were topped off with a raffle and ball caps for everyone to beat the heat! Who needs to go to Hawaii? St. Luke’s brought Hawaii to us!

Hot Springs Village Towel Round-Up!

On April 11, the following was printed on the Forums page of the Hot Springs Village Voice (HSVV):

“Spring is here and time to re-decorate the bathroom and change colors. What does this mean? You now have perfectly good bath towel sets that can be used by our veterans at St. Francis House. We have been advised the facility is extremely low on bath, hand towels, and washcloths. If you would like to donate gently used towels, call for pick up. Sheila Beatty-Krout.”

Within hours the residents of Hot Springs Village reacted and the towels started rolling in. Staging of towels (inspections, sorting, grouping and packing) was shared by Sheila Beatty and Mary Ellen Laursen. Members and non-members donated money, new towels, and nearly new towels. Each set of towels was tied with a ribbon, and a thank you note to the Veteran was attached.

An appointment was made with Ken Mace, Veterans Director at St. Francis House, for delivery. On May 26, 2017, six weeks after the request for towels was placed in the paper, two SUVs loaded with about 30 large boxes of 273 towel sets (1 bath, 1 hand, and 2 wash cloths) were delivered by Mary Ellen Laursen, Pat McLemore, Frankie & John Ochsner and Sheila Beatty.

Thank you Hot Springs Village for your thoughtfulness and generosity!

Star-Spangled Evening!

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral started off the Memorial Day weekend with a wonderful dinner for our Veterans! Hot dogs and hamburgers fresh off the grill with all the fixin’s made for a great evening. Even better was seeing our Trinity friends and Veterans having a great time!

Thank You, Kappa Epsilon Psi

Thank you, Kappa Epsilon Psi, for all the hard work you do for our clients at St. Francis House!

Acxiom Kids2Work Day

This year Acxiom chose to include St. Francis House as part of their annual Kids2Work Day. Children from second through sixth grade come to work with their parent for a day of education, service, and fun!

Sixty children came together to learn about technical careers, hear from veterans employed at Acxiom, and make up 250 care packages for the veterans at St. Francis House.

“Our corporate mission includes serving the community and teamwork, so what better way to teach those values than a service project for those who served.” Thank you, Acxiom, for including St. Francis House in your special day.

Thank You Recent Donors

Produffers continue to be proud supporters of St. Francis House!

Thank you Little Rock Meet and Greet for your generous donation!

Episcopal Collegiate School and Kids Cookin’ for a Cause! Work Together for St. Francis House Veterans! 

Episcopal Collegiate School’s Institute for Responsible Citizenship teamed up with Kids Cookin’ for a Cause! to provide dinner for our Veterans at St. Francis House. Teacher Lara Beard and her students have been researching the link between homelessness and veterans, and as part of their class, they decided to get active! Led by Faith Aniya, students held a baking class and bake sale to fund the ingredients for the meals. Then they cooked 120 meals for our veterans – sixty to serve and another sixty to freeze for a later time. Pasta, garlic bread, salad, and fruit made a delicious and healthy dinner for our Veterans, and these young people not only learned how to cook, but also learned about the costs involved with social service. Perhaps most important, they learned firsthand some of the things that contribute to the high incidence of Veterans experiencing homelessness. Thank you everyone for your hard work, and we look forward to working again with you soon!

St. Margaret’s Brings Easter Dinner to St. Francis House

While most of us were enjoying Easter with family and friends, volunteers from St. Margaret’s brought Easter to St. Francis House. Food, fellowship, and the sharing of God’s love made Easter a day of Resurrection in every sense of the word!

Brightening Up the Night!

That’s exactly what our friends from Hot Springs Village did when they brought lots of food and friendship for our Veterans one Thursday evening. These wonderful folks come up so often they’re simply a part of the Francis House family. As always, everyone loves seeing family!