About

Since 2001, the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits has operated in a spirit of love by connecting people to services that affect their hearts, minds, souls and bodies. Providing grief counseling for crime survivors and/or their families, educational scholarships and back-to-school supplies for Arkansas youth, emergency domestic violence shelter services, and working to reduce/monitor youth access to tobacco, are just a few examples of those services.

Our Accomplishments
  • Hosted Statewide Crime Summit

  • Hosted seven Teen Forums educating over 1600 youth

  • Hosted two Law Enforcement Summits

  • Added a Victim Services Program

  • Created the "For Me and My House" SOS Initiative

  • Conducted six "For Me and My House" Tobacco Prevention Campaigns

  • Added a Computer Lab and Computer Training

  • Conducted a Crime Study for City of Little Rock

  • Added two Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Programs

  • Hosted eight "Woman, Thou Art Worthy" Conferences

  • Hosted five "Stop Domestic Violence, Sexual and Substance Abuse Forums

  • Added a Sexual Assault Prevention Program

  • Added a Rape Crisis Program

  • Created the Black-on-Black Crime Program

  • Created two "Shopkeeper's Radio Ads"

  • Added an Neighborhood After-School Program

  • Added five new staff positions

  • Provided eight educational scholarships

  • Added Emergency Domestic Violence Program

  • Created the "Center Circle of Friends" Support Group

  • Created and hosted eight "Evening to Heal A Heart" Programs

  • Enrolled 348 smokers in cessation services

  • Participated in 50 radio, television talk shows and print ads

  • Provided direct victims services to 1,000 clients

  • Became a summer worksite for 30 youth

  • Created the "Mary Louise Williams Leadership Scholarship"

  • Created the "Emma Porchia Impact Award"

  • Created an organization newsletter, "Transitions"

  • Created the website www.hhscenter.org

  • Assisted over 100 businesses in implementing Tobacco-free Policies

 

 

Our Program Services

VICTIM'S SERVICES

The program provides comprehensive victim's services, including court advocacy, crisis counseling, emergency room assistance, and support groups to underserved victims of crimes in Faulkner, Jefferson, Pulaski, and Saline Counties.  The program is funded through the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.  For more information, download the brochure (en Español).

 

RAPE CRISIS PROGRAM

Hotline  1-855-6-HELP-4-U (1-855-643-5748)

The 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline staff and volunteers will help assist victims through hospital emergency room visits, court accompaniment, and support group sessions. Women and men in Pulaski, Garland, Lonoke, Jefferson and Saline Counties will be able to access all services at no cost.  The program is funded through the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration. For more information, download the brochure (en Español).

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION

Women’s Council on African American Affairs, Inc. (WCAAA) provides evidence based sexual assault and prevention curriculum to high school and college students in Pulaski, Clark and Jefferson Counties.  The program is funded through the AR Department of Finance and Administration. For more information, download the brochure.

 

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Homelessness Outreach Efforts

The Center provides supports to individuals and families who have been rendered homeless by displacement, dislocation, or lack of family support. This assistance is provided through a cash and in-kind donations to achieve sustainability. Outreach is provided at shelters and on streets.

Holiday Families Outreach

Each year the Center board, staff, and other volunteers assist families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with baskets of food, clothing, and toys. Families come in all sizes – as small as one in a family to as large as 10 members.
Annual Back-to-School Drive

Each year the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits and its partners provide school supplies to over 350 students in the Pulaski County community and area schools. Staff and volunteers came together to assemble back-packs of supplies that are distributed mid-August to assist youth and parents to ensure they have the necessary tools to start school. School counselors and administrators distribute these supplies to students who demonstrate the greatest need each year.
 

TOBACCO PREVENTION AND CESSATION

The Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits’ WCAAA Tobacco Coalition is funded by the Arkansas Department of Health and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Minority Sub-Recipient Grant Office to provide tobacco prevention and cessation education in a five-county area (Pulaski, Saline, Grant, Lonoke, Garland, and Faulkner.) The WCAAA Tobacco Coalition seeks to change community norms exhibited in the target population by focusing on the following four intervention areas: 1) Identifying and Eliminating Tobacco-Related Disparities, 2) Eliminating Exposure to Secondhand Smoke, 3) Promoting Quitting Among Adults & Youth through the quit line 1-800-QUIT-NOW, and 4) Preventing Initiating Among Youth and Young Adults.  For more information, visit http://www.cleartheairarkansas.com.

 

EMERGENCY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER SERVICES PROGRAM

The program seeks to respond to the devastating and long-lasting effects that violent crime (domestic violence, sexual assault/rape, and child endangerment)  places on citizens in the state of Arkansas.  The program is specifically designed to educate, advocate, to assist victims in methods which will lead the way to social change (education, recovery, restoration, and healing).  Services offered through the Domestic Violence Crisis and Intervention Program are Emergency Shelter (hotel/motel), Emergency Transportation,  Emergency Food Allowance, and Emergency Relocation / Moving Expenses for clients (which may include rental of moving van, rental of temporary storage facility, etc.). Assistance is provided on a first-come, first serve basis upon confirmation of need.

Our Clients
  • Victims of Child Abuse

  • Victims of Domestic Abuse

  • Victims of General Assaults

  • Victims of Sexual Assault

  • Victims of Rape

  • Victims/Families of Homicide & Suicide Victims

  • Chronically Ill Individuals

  • Parenting Teens

  • Prospective Youth Offenders

  • Dislocated/Displaced Workers

  • Desperately Affected Populations

  • At-Risk Youth and Adults

One of the most important calls a tobacco user can make is to the Arkansas Tobacco Quitline at

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Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits

Joyce Raynor, Executive Director
2416 South Chester • Little Rock, Arkansas 72206 USA
Phone (501) 372-3800 • Fax (501) 372-2150

E-mail: hhscenter@sbcglobal.net

The Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits is a project

of the Women's Council on African American Affairs, Inc. (WCAAA)

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