Saturday, April 12, 2014

TOP STORY >> Charity hub: Cabot Resource Center

Leader staff writer

The Cabot Resource Center offers free assistance to people in need by directing them to organizations or services so they can help themselves.

Deaconess Colleen Caldwell of Christ United Methodist Church opened the one-stop information hub in March at the old Larry’s Pizza store at 15361 Hwy. 5 next to Sonic.

“I heard people in church who were middle class or had a spouse who was laid off who had no idea where to look for help,” Caldwell said.

The resource center is a place to find information for those without Internet access.

Caldwell has file folders full of forms and brochures to help those seeking assistance find the help they need to get back on their feet and be self-reliant.

The Cabot Resource Center does not have food, clothing or money.

“I do not give a hand out but a hand up,” Caldwell said.

She wants to help people in the community live a better life, instead of putting food in their pantry.

“They get a self-pride that they did it themselves,” she said.

Caldwell can put people in touch with programs and services in Lonoke County for clothing, employment, financial, food, legal, medical, mentoring and parenting, military and veteran’s services, senior care, housing and transportation.

A copy of the Cabot Resource Guide that she developed is available for download from

Caldwell can help clients plan a budget and a financial analysis to find where they can cut non-essential purchases to make their money go further. She can assist with writing a resume, give tips for appearance and dress for a job interview and practice answering questions during an interview.

The resource center is a place for prayer if needed.

The Cabot Resource Center is open 9 a.m. to noon on Monday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday or by appointment. Caldwell can be reached at 501-529-0604 or by e-mail at