The United States Daughters of 1812 (U.S.D. 1812) recently presented pillows for veterans at St. Francis House at Little Rock.


Members of the U.S.D. 1812’s Simon Bradford Chapter at Pine Bluff and the Baseline-Meridian Chapter at Little Rock donated 52 new pillows, delivered a few days after the notification of the need, according to a news release.


The Arkansas Society of U.S.D. 1812 was advised by Garry Clemmons, mental health technician, that the Veterans Re-entry program at St. Francis House was very low on pillows.


According to Ken Mace, director of the Veterans Re-entry program, each veteran, upon arrival, is issued their own, new standard pillow to keep. The facility needs about 15 new pillows every month and is currently very low. Previously U.S.D. 1812, through donations in 2019, delivered 60, according to the release.


The pillows must be new and in the original wrapping. U.S.D. 1812 also supplied pillow cases. St. Francis House officials said that a local department store had furnished new pillows but stopped two years ago.


The current population is averaging around 40 veterans. St. Francis House can also house families, provided either the mother or father of the family is a veteran.


The program provides transitional housing for homeless veterans having difficulties re-entering society because of post-traumatic stress syndrome or substance abuse or other problems, according to the release.


St. Francis House provides a therapeutic setting, including the services of counseling, laundry and activities.


U.S.D. 1812 delivers clothing and toiletries regularly for veterans. People who want to donate can contact Sheila Beatty-Krout at beattykrout@suddenlink.net or text at 922-7488.


St. Francis House is located at 2701 S Elm St. at Little Rock. For details on volunteering or donating directly to the facility, contact Ken Mace, veterans director, at kenmacesfh@yahoo.com or 501-664-5036.