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The Little Rock Compassion Center, Inc., established in October of 1998, is a Christian organization dedicated to expressing the love of God through the ministries of feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are located right in the heart of the homeless and underprivileged population of Little Rock.

We hold regular church services on Sunday and Wednesday as well as Bible studies five nights a week and every morning at 7:00 am. Our kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch, and supper daily. Last year we served 142,000 meals and we expect a 20% increase this year. We provide beds for 40 women and 200 men nightly. This comes to over 200,000 beds made available last year.

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Praise & Worship

Sundays and Wednesdays. Men and Women are moved by the Holy Spirit to come to the alters for deliverance from drugs and alcohol, prostitution, to get their families back, or just make some sense out of their lives. Like the rest of us, their spirit is willing but their flesh is weak.

In at least some ways, we each can look back on our former selves. Lost, alone, yet feeling free as can be. Our flesh giving in to the temptations of our surroundings. We are here to say there is a choice. There is a way out and it begins right here in the heart of poverty with our Recovery Program.

God has a message and He is changing lives every day. We are excited to be a part of his healing power and praise him for the work he is doing through our organization. Hallelujah!

Schedule of Services

  • Sunday Morning: 10:00 am
  • Sunday Evening: 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday Evening: 7:00 pm
  • Prayer at 6:45 am and 6:30 pm daily

Christian Morning Devotionals

Every morning at 7:00 am devotionals and prayer start the day for those on recovery and staff. This is a wonderful part of every Christian life - to begin the day meditating on God's plan for our lives. Having a group to support you in a like minded goal is vital to the success of the Recovery Program.

If you would like to volunteer your time to meet and pray for recovering individuals, please click here to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.

Biblically Based Guidance

The Word of God is the guideline that is followed to show people the way out of their problems and back to God and his will.

Christian Bible Study

Bible Studies are held five nights a week as a spiritual meal to accompany the physical meals we serve.

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Additional Services

Hot Meals

Hot meals are served three times a day 365 days a year. Last year hot meals were provided over along with food pantry boxes, making a total of over 183,000 meals provided in 2017.

Food Pantry

Open every Thursday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Emergency food is supplied when needed.

Clothing Assistance

Much clothing is given away to the needy. In the evenings, at shower time, if a clean change of clothing is needed, we provided that need.

Education Program

Computers and training are made available to help provide educational needs necessary to obtain a G.E.D. Job skill classes are also available.

Drug & Alcohol Program

Are you or a loved one tired of the bad decisions you make when using alcohol or drugs? Do you want to take a step forward and claim this day as your first day towards being free from the bonds of alcohol and drugs?

We offer a 12-step program to assist you in conquering the powerful addictions that are holding you back from reaching your true, full potential. Through the teachings of Jesus Christ, we offer this program that so many have completed.

To begin your step forward, and for more information on the program and how it can help deliver you, please download and fill out our Drug and Alcohol Program Application. Once completely filled out, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

A Note From the Pastor

Sometimes I get asked why we started the Compassion Center. I’m sure being homeless as a child had much to do with it. I personally experienced what makes people homeless and how they feel about it.

My mother abused me from very early on. That made me angry. If I did something wrong, she beat me. My dad couldn’t stand it. He was a “track star”, meaning when he saw my mom get angry, he made tracks.

I had my first drink at age 5. It made me feel like I was somebody. I looked after myself from about age 8, and finally left home at 12. I lived in rough places, usually with other kids who came from the same kind of home as me. We felt safer on the streets than at home. We stole to get by.

I moved around, from East St. Louis to Memphis and back again. I went to school when I felt like it. Then I joined the military. That gave me some responsibility, but also taught me how to lie to get out of trouble and blame someone else. After the military, I went back to my hobo ways – jumping freight trains to move around the country. I’d work for a while until I got into trouble. Then I’d move on.

I began to settle down in my late twenties. I married, and had children and worked a steady job. When Friday nights came, I drank … a lot. My family made me join a 30-day recovery program with Alcoholics Anonymous. I never relapsed after that. I learned a lot and began to make Christ the head of my life. But it was a mixed-up time. I wasn’t a Christian yet. I had legal problems and a divorce going on. I raised my own kids and began going to church.

Those days brought Christ out of me and I grew more responsible. I knew I should take care of my mother. I went to see her and that was when I met Rosemary, my bride-to-be, living two doors away. Her husband had died. We talked a lot and on our first date, I preached to her for six hours. I had to make sure she was a Christian woman. She listened to me all that time because she had to make sure I was a Christian man! We married in 1995.

Three years later, we started the Little Rock Compassion Center. God gave me a vision and showed me what to do. The Compassion Center started small. I thought we would help 3 or 4 people at a time while I worked my construction job to fund it. Today, we are helping close to 200 people at a time and it’s a full-time effort.

In those days, Rosemary and I went to the roughest neighborhoods and out into the woods – preaching. Those were not safe places for someone who didn’t understand the streets. I was safe because I knew those people. I knew they were hurting from being kicked around all the time. I knew they needed food and also spiritual food. They didn’t need money handed to them. That money would only go for drinks and something puffed up their nose. They needed Jesus. He had changed my life. I knew He could help them too.

Crowds would come and turn to God. We saw people saved and marriages healed. Some wanted to be preachers. We see the same thing today. In our Sunday church service at the Compassion Center, we can see 40 people standing by the altar, ready for Jesus. What’s ahead? God knows. He started this and He brought supporters and volunteers to keep it going. I believe we are doing what God wants us to do and can’t see us doing anything else. People need Jesus… and we want them to find Him. Thank you for wanting the best for the people here too. We appreciate you.

William & Rosemary Holloway
Founders-Directors

Pastor William Holloway